Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Parents Reject Obesity Advice

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Parents Reject Obesity Advice

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Byline: Carly Morrissey

SOME Gympie parents don't agree that children shouldn't be forced to clear their plates, as stated in The Get up and Grow guide released by the Federal Government yesterday as part of its promise to tackle childhood obesity.

The guide says children don't have to eat everything on their plate, but parents surveyed in Gympie yesterday didn't agree if that meant vegetables and salads weren't being eaten.

Those surveyed said children needed to learn what good and bad food was, and should be made to eat all "good foods" instead of having desserts and treats.

They thought finishing "good food" wouldn't lead to obesity.

Barrie Gibson and his wife Eve, from Cooloola Cove, both said it was a "load of rubbish" that being made to eat everything on your plate could lead to obesity.

They made their children finish everything on their plates and were made to, themselves.

Mr Gibson said the guide was another example of the government trying to control everything. …

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