Child diets alarm experts

Christchurch Press 25 Oct 06
Parents are spending more on lollies for their children than fruit, prompting health experts to warn that the young are not getting vital nutrients. A Health Ministry monitoring report has found the average household spends more on confectionery each week ($6.50) than it does on fresh fruit ($5.90). At a time of epidemic levels of childhood obesity – with nearly one-third of children aged five to 14 overweight or obese – the report found a 67% growth in takeaway sales since 2000. Health Ministry nutrition adviser Christine Stewart said about 40% of children did not have a recommended daily vegetable intake (three or more servings) and up to 60% did not eat the recommended two or more servings of fruit.,2106,3838805a6009,00.html

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