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How many children lack healthy diets?
The Australian National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey shows
What if children don’t eat well?
Poorly balanced eating can make children sluggish or tired, moody or irritable, constipated or bloated. It will affect their school work and ability to concentrate.
In the medium term, poorly balanced eating is associated with serious health concerns such as bone growth problems, dental decay, anaemia, and lung and breathing conditions. Some children even develop high blood cholesterol, a serious marker for risk of heart disease.
The number of children who are overweight or obese has sky rocketed from just 1 in every 10 in the 1970s, to almost 1 in every 4 Australian children today.
Overweight children may also suffer heat intolerance, puffing and shortness of breath, reduced physical coordination, pain and reduced mobility due to slipped growth plates (bones), poor oxygen supply to the body due to snoring and breath-holding during sleep (apnoea), tiredness, social isolation without friends, targets for school yard and ‘cyber’ bullies, fatty liver, and increased risk of early ‘adult’ diabetes and heart disease.
All of these serious conditions are affected by what children do and don’t eat, and how much they eat – their serve size.
How do children overeat?