Eat-your-greens fight a lost cause

Herald Sun (Australia) June 17, 2009

CHILDREN really do hate their vegies and parents are apparently hopeless at doing anything about it. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s snapshot of Australian children released today shows the level of disdain children have for their greens. The report, A Picture of Australian Children 2009, citing a 2007 nutrition survey, says: “Only a very small proportion of children met the recommendations for daily serves of vegetables (excluding potatoes) – 3 per cent of 4- to 8-year-olds and 2 per cent of 9- to 13-year-olds.

“Even with the inclusion of potatoes, the proportions remained low (22 per cent and 14per cent respectively). National Health and Medical Research Council guidelines recommend one serve of fruit and two serves of vegetables a day for children aged four to seven, one serve of fruit and three serves of vegetables for those eight to 11, and three serves of fruit and four serves of vegetables for ages 12 to 18. A serve is about half a cup. The report’s author, Deanna Eldridge from the AIHW’s Children Youth and Families unit, said vegetable consumption was a key concern related to children’s health and wellbeing.,21985,25647220-662,00.html