Australian kids not eating their greens

19 April 2016

kids eating their vegetables

19 April 2016

Michael Woodhead

There has been no change in the number of Australian children who are overweight, but many are still not eating enough fruit and veg, new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show.

Around one in 4 children are overweight (20%) or obese (7%),  a figure that hasn't really changed since 2011, according to the 2014-15 National Health Survey.

Around  68% of children met the guidelines for recommended daily fruit consumption (1-2 daily serves) required, but only 5% met the guidelines for daily intake of vegetables (2.5 to 5.5 daily serves).

On average, Australian children consumed 2 serves of fruit and 1.9 serves of vegetables each day, while 97% consumed milk.

See our infographic below for more facts and figures:

Last Reviewed: 19 April 2016
Reproduced with kind permission from Australian Doctor

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References

Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016, online
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