Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Packing a Lunch That Packs a Punch

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Packing a Lunch That Packs a Punch

Article excerpt

IT'S just puppy fat.

It's an excuse we hear on a frequent basis in regards to children carrying a few extra kilos.

But is this mentality doing more harm than good?

When someone mentions eating disorders, the first things that come to mind are the terms Anorexia, Bulimia, and stick thin models.

Yet the reality is that obesity is the most common eating disorder suffered throughout the Westernised world.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, one quarter of Australia's children aged five to 17 years of age were classified as overweight or obese in 2008- a number that has done nothing but climb in the last four years.

This is an alarming statistic that we should all be appalled at.

It's a known fact that children suffering from obesity have a higher risk of becoming obese as adults, which can lead to issues with type two diabetes, sleep apnea, problems breathing, and poor liver and heart health.

So how can parents address this issue and make sure their children have a fighting chance at staying fit?

It may sound simple, or for parents with children who are fussy eaters, exceedingly difficult; but the best place to start is the lunchbox.

That's right- Packing a lunch that packs a punch.

You may not be able to control your child's physical activity when they're at school, but the one thing you can control is what they eat, and healthy lunches are not difficult to come up with if you know what your child likes.

From fruit to muesli bars, yoghurt to cheese sticks and even carrot or celery sticks with now individually packaged cream cheese; there are so many options, there really is no excuse to allow your kids to eat unhealthily.

Bevon Betros from Betros Bros agrees.

With easy to pack fruit like apples, pears and bananas in season at the moment and wide range of vegetables, lean meat and wholegrain breads, you can keep your children happy and healthy at school. …

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