New figures show 95 per cent of Queensland children don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, putting their short and long term health at serious risk.
The latest results from the Australian Bureau of Statistic’s National Health Survey show only 4.3 per cent of children aged two to 18 years eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables.
All 12 to 13 year olds surveyed, and about 98 per cent of children aged four to eight, didn’t meet the daily intake requirements for fruits and vegetables.
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Dietitians Association of Australia spokeswoman Julie Gilbert told The Courier Mail parents were “pandering to the easy option” and “letting their children out of eating vegetables because they wanted to avoid the fight at the dinner table.”
“The figures are shocking. Parents have to understand that it’s like homework. No child actually wants to do it but we have to continue to force it, like we have to continue to force bedtime.”
According to Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift children should be eating between 2½ and 5½ serves of vegetables and between 1-2 pieces of fruit each day, depending on their age and sex.
“One serve of vegetables is about one medium tomato, half a cup of sweet corn or one cup of raw salad vegetables. One serve of fruit is one medium apple or banana, two small apricots or plums, or one cup of canned fruit, with no added sugar,” she said.