New child obesity initiative gets tick of approval
Nutrition Australia has thrown its support behind the new Victorian Healthy Eating Advisory Service implemented by the state government.
The service is aimed at providing healthy food choices to children and turning around the present trend that sees a significant number of kids straying away from balanced diets.
Victorian division executive officer of the body Lucinda Hancock says the initiative is a highly necessary step to overcome the fact that one-quarter of Australian children are overweight or obese.
In a statement released Tuesday (August 16), Ms Hancock described the figures on kids' eating habits as "alarming".
"Studies show many Australian children are not eating enough fruit, vegetables and calcium rich dairy foods," she said, adding that cakes, biscuits, confectionery and sugar-sweetened drinks are being overused as daily energy sources.
Whilst many factors can contribute to child obesity, Ms Hancock asserted that one of the best ways to combat the issue is to "start by encouraging healthy eating habits from an early age".
Children can receive a valuable metabolism boost simply from being provided with different nutritional foods every day, while parents might consider a carefully-planned weight loss diet or program for themselves if necessary.
Posted by Juliet Pemberton