Dietician pushes message that tasty food can be healthy

Billy Worth, from the Goodstart Early Learning Centre on Percy St, with a lunchbox packed full of healthy items.
Billy Worth, from the Goodstart Early Learning Centre on Percy St, with a lunchbox packed full of healthy items. Erin Smith

LUNCHBOXES - they come in all different shapes, sizes, colours and materials but what really counts is what is on the inside.

Figures from the 2012 Health of Queenslanders report showed 26.6% of children across the state were overweight or obese.

Warwick Hospital Dietician Paul Jones said the issue was occurring in Warwick as well.

"We certainly see obesity here," he said.

Mr Jones said the Health of Queenslanders report showed 26% of children in major cities were overweight compared to 27.1% in outer regions such as Warwick.

The dietician said a healthy lunchbox was a good place to start.

"Fruit is one thing," Mr Jones said.

"Anything bread or cereal based but the wholegrain version of it is good."

Mr Jones said things like muesli bars varied between brands.

"Anything with yoghurt topping or chocolate coating will be high in sugar and fats," he said.

"Try the ones that say high fibre as fibre helps us feel fuller for longer."

Mr Jones said exercise was just as important for children as it was for adults.



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