PP Healthy Eating Rachegan Primary School

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PP Healthy Eating Rachegan Primary School

  1. 1. WHY DO WE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT NUTRITION AND EATING HEALTHY? • Nutrition underpins health • Health is a vital resource for life and learning • There is growing concern around deteriorating diets of children and adolescence and associated health, social and economic consequences • Nationally, and internationally, there is an obesity epidemic
  2. 2. OBESITY STATISTICS • In Australia 25% of children aged 2-17 years are overweight or obesea. • IN the NT, this figure is 26.3%a. a Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Health Survey: First Results, 2011-12. F, Guthridge S. Overweight and obesity in the NT: Recent data telling the same story. The Chronicle 2013;25(2):12-14. Department of Health, Darwin. b Thompson
  3. 3. OBESITY STATISTICS 12-17 year old age group in the NT • 23% of students were overweight and a further 3% were obese. • Only 22% were meeting the minimum daily requirement of four serves of vegetables, while 46% were eating the recommended three serves of fruit. BMI (measured) Healthy weight % Overweight % Obese % 70 23 3 4 Males 63.7 28.4 3.4 4.5 Females 76.5 17.4 2 4.2 All Underweight % Ref: National Secondary Students’ Diet and Activity Survey 2009-2010 (NaSSDA)
  4. 4. NATIONAL CHILDREN’S NUTRITION AND PA SURVEY 24 hour recalls recording the previous day’s intake: • • • • • 40% of children ate no fruit 23% of children ate no vegetables Only 33% met recommendations for vegetable consumption Dairy intake was inadequate 1 in 6 children do not eat breakfast Ref: Australian National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey (2007)
  5. 5. CHILDHOOD OBESITY Short Term Consequences: • Self esteem • Sleep apnoea • Targets for bullying • Less active as children unable to do as much physical activity as other children – also less inclusion in outdoor games • Exacerbates breathing difficulties such as asthma
  6. 6. CHILDHOOD OBESITY Long Term Consequences: • Overweight children become overweight adults • Early cardiovascular and diabetes indicators • Joint problems • Body image problems, eating disorders and social exclusion • Poorer employment opportunities for overweight adolescence • Significant economic burden- adult obesity costing over $20 billion/year
  7. 7. WHERE TO NOW…

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