Unhealthy Food in School Canteens

Posted: June 6, 2012 by jacclemons in Music

Australia’s obesity epidemic has become rampant in school children.  Children can suffer from type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, sleep apnoea and infertility from a diet lacking in essential nutrients.

In relation to other states, Victoria has taken a much softer approach.  In NSW and Queensland, school canteens have to comply with government regulations on healthy eating.  In Victoria there are guidelines but they are not enforced.

One in four Australian children are currently overweight, and overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults.  If we want to improve the health of our children, we need to improve their eating habits and a good place to start should be the school canteen.

Dietitians will tell us that reducing the rate of obesity is important because obesity is linked with many other social and psychological problems.  Healthy eating will stabilize children’s energy, sharpen their minds and even out their moods.  While peer pressure and television commercials for junk food can make getting children to eat healthy seem impossible, parents should be reinforcing the need for healthy food in young bodies.

I believe that if we do not impose and regulate healthy guidelines in Victorian school canteens, we can expect Victoria’s obesity problem to explode in this state within the next twenty years.

  1. rosementon says:

    Great story! Well done!

  2. mschneiders says:

    Very clear and informative. Such a topical issue. As I was listening to your interview, I remembered Jamie Oliver has a campaign in the UK related to school dinners. I think he came up with a good food manifesto. Thanks for your story.

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