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The complex problem of childhood obesity

There’s more to addressing childhood obesity than taking away sweets and having children do laps of the oval. A report highlights the growing problem of childhood obesity in Australia, where one in four children and adolescents are overweight or obese.

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The impact of junk food ads on children

Junk food advertising is everywhere - in shopping centres and on screens of all types - exposing children to the marketing of unhealthy food. But how much of the junk food commercials are young children absorbing? Deakin University aims to find out.

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Helping a child maintain healthy weight

One of the trickiest parts of parenting young children is ensuring they get a great start in life by adopting healthy eating practices. However, almost a quarter of children aged between five and 17 now fall into the obese and/or overweight category.

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How to discuss nutrition with under 5s

Young children need foods that enable their bodies to grow and thrive. If we look at the Australian Dietary Guidelines it is clear that children need food from the five food groups and to limit the intake of food high in saturated fat, sugar and salt.

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Is a plant-based diet safe for children?

With the rise of vegetarian and vegan households, what do parents need to be aware of to ensure their children get the necessary nutrients from a plant-based diet? Parents considering this step are urged to seek advice from a paediatric dietitian.

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A new approach to overcoming picky eating

Research suggests that picky eating is developmentally appropriate in young children. But as parents, what techniques can we introduce to promote our children's interest and acceptance of new foods, encouraging them to smell, touch and taste the food?

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Should you reward children with food?

Does making children eat all their dinner to get dessert work, or just leave them with an unhealthy relationship with food? Dietitian Konsita Kuswara provides advice on rewarding or punishing children with food and the impact on their behaviour and preferences.

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Connecting children with food and nature

Educator and author Natalie McKinnon missed out on the joy of kitchen gardens and chicken runs as a child, but through books and workshops is encouraging children to understand the relationship between nature, food, their health and the environment.

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