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Australia: Children eat too many treat foods – research

In 1995, Australian children consumed “extra” foods such as chips or sugary soft drinks at two to four times the recommended limits.

Australian researchers have further analysed the 1995 Australian National Nutrition Survey. They found that the “extra” foods that children ate contributed excessively to their energy, fat and sugar intakes while providing almost no important nutrients.

The 1995 figures are the latest data. The Sydney Morning Herald adds that Dr Tim Gill, one of the study’s authors, says that since then “we assume there’s been a dramatic increase in the contribution made by these extra foods” to children’s total diet.”

An updated nutrition survey is currently underway.

Read more: Sydney Morning Herald, 23 Mar 2007

Read the abstract in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, published online 14 Mar 2007

Published on March 23, 2007 in Australian news