Kids Nutrition & Fitness
Bruce Neal and Kathy Trieu A recent national nutrition survey in Australia found almost every child aged between two and eight exceeded recommended salt consumption levels.
Esther Han Cereal maker Kellogg's has finally revealed its health star ratings. So which of its breakfast foods is bottom of the class?
Amy Corderoy Don't assume products are healthy just because of claims that they have "less sugar" or are "free from artificial colours and flavours" warns the Obesity Policy Coalition.
Livia Gamble When the time came for this mum to send her fussy-eating child to a French school she feared her daughter would starve.
Clare Collins These days we don’t have much restraint when it comes to eggs made out of chocolate, but how many regular hen eggs are okay to eat? And what about the other Easter favourite: the hot cross buns?
Elana Benjamin By the time Elana Benjamin's son was three there was a long list of foods he couldn’t eat.
Jo Hartley Would seeing pictures of overweight children on fast food make a difference to our childhood obesity problem?
Craig Butt, Health Reporter Many popular children's cereals are saturated with sugar, a new analysis shows.
Amanda Cuda Most parents know that sugar-laden sodas are bad for children, but what about other sweet drinks, such as fruit-flavoured drinks or flavoured waters?
Kasey Edwards "As a brand new school mum, I’ve recently discovered that schools have assumed the role of the Lunch Box Police," writes Kasey Edwards.
Letitia Rowlands Lachlan Canak thought he could sneak a treat before school without anybody finding out.
Livia Gamble If you have to battle with your child every night to eat their dinner you may be the problem, claims an English doctor.
Jennifer Morton Damon Gameau took on the challenge to eat 40 teaspoons of sugar everyday for two months to show people how much sugar is actually in the packaged foods we feed our kids.
Anne Fishel It turns out that sitting down for a nightly meal is great for the brain, the body and the spirit.
Laura Donnelly Swapping just one snack a day for a healthier alternative could cut sugar intake by almost half, a pilot study has found.
Smaller footballs, lighter tennis racquets and mini playing fields: it makes sense to have these for children, right?
Harriet Alexander The less healthy the food, the more likely it is to enthuse about its fruit content but how much do they actually contain?
Lisa Schofield I heard the news of the tragic passing of cricketer Phillip Hughes only moments before taking my eight-year-old son to his cricket practice.
Lilani Goonesena Here’s how five schools around the country are combating obesity.
Add 8-year-old Aidan Prince to the list of kids who would absolutely ruin you in a dance-off.
Sue Mitchell Nestle’s Killer Pythons are looking more like multi-coloured vipers as the global confectionery giant downsizes products to control portion sizes and respond to growing consumer concerns about their sugar intake.
Rachael Sharman Outside play isn’t only important in combating childhood obesity. And too much “screen time” does more than just make our kids fat.
Nicole Avery Taking the time to cook with kids provides a connection point for families that will offer a lifetime of benefits.
Livia Gamble The UK Congress on Obesity in Birmingham heard that the ads don’t encourage kids to make healthier choices.
Sarah Berry Cereal was once considered the breakfast of champions but has it been knocked off its podium for good?
AILEEN NAKHLE With more and more parents unable to recognise their kids are overweight, healthcare professionals may need to step into the breach.
Rachel Clun French children are some of the healthiest in the developed world, with the number of children overweight or obese under 20 per cent.
Sarah Gish Not all healthy lunches have to be Pinterest-worthy. With a little planning and a fridge full of convenient kid-approved foods, parents can send their kids to school with a midday meal that's as fun as it is nutritious.
Harriet Alexander Products such as Kit Kats and Coco Pops are being advertised to children by food companies because their own nutritional standards classify them as healthy.
Esther Han Choice has slapped nutrition ratings on 265 popular children's snacks using the government's health star ratings calculator, which was available on a government website before it was controversially pulled down in February.
Brian Koerber Nine-year-old skateboarding girl from NSW is totally stoked after she successfully lands 540 on her 75th attempt.
Angela Thompson McDonald’s served a five-year-old boy a near-raw six pack of chicken nuggets from a Drive Thru on the NSW south coast on Wednesday night.
Susie Burrell How do children become overweight? The same way as adults - through poor food choices, says nutritionist Susie Burrell.
'Yoghurt grows on trees'
Livia Gamble A recent national survey shows that kids still don't know where their food comes from, so what are we doing to educate children on the mystery of food production?
Kat Duggan Adults who allow children to ride quad bikes are playing Russian roulette with their lives, says a Blenheim man who lost his daughter in a quad bike accident.
Cassy Small Would your kids eat peanut butter made from sunflower seeds? Or fried rice from cauliflower? Cassy Small was sceptical too which is why she visited Fit Mum, aka Sharny Kieser’s home with her kids to test it out.
Nova Weetman Why is it that large sporting organisations think that taking the element of competition out of competitive sport is a good thing for children?
Daniel Cherny Critics have hit out at the AFL on social media over their decision to ban keeping score and awarding players for best and fairest in the under-10 football.
Esther Han When it comes to the food you pack in your child’s lunch box the nutritional value can quickly decline depending on the brands you use.
Deborah Gough Kellogg's has removed its "healthy" choice cereal from supermarket shelves and used the same name and logo to sell its sugary replacement "frosted" or "chocolate" version in a move labelled sneaky by consumer and health groups.
Katie Carlin When this little boy’s family decided to prank him with a not-so-exciting gift they never anticipated he would react like this. Thankfully they uploaded it to YouTube so the rest of us could enjoy it too.
Veronica Foale Is the fight against fat actually negatively affecting our children's ideas about healthy eating?
Emma Levett Ever wondered if the experts practice what they preach? We speak with the medical professionals about the things they'd prevent their kids from doing.
Susie Burrell Nutritionist Susie Burrell shares her tips for choosing snacks for the school lunchbox.
Dr Joanna McMillan How are your new year resolutions going? Did you make any for your kids? Dr. Joanna McMillan has a few to get you started and tells you how to make them a reality.
Kerri Sackville - Essential Kids What sacrifices do you make for your kids? Kerri Sackville made a memorable one last week for her daughter and she is willing to do it all again next year.
Shereen Jegtvig Kids who are given larger bowls of food are more than likely to overeat or waste the excess food, according to a new study.
Dr Joanna McMillan A lack of information on product packaging means we don't know how much trans fats our kids are consuming.
Susie Burrell Breakfast eaten in the car; a few dollars for a school canteen lunch and three or four different meals, at different times for each family member can ultimately lead to less than ideal family health habits long term.
Anne Tarasov One of his daughters is a ballerina, the other is a basketball player, and his son makes his own surfboards. Andrew Daddo's children have all embraced an active lifestyle in their own way.
Katie Carlin Are parents to blame for producing obese children? According to Katie Hopkins’ latest controversial interview on This Morning they are, and they should also sit their children down and tell them “they’re fat” if they want to change it.
Rashida Tayabali How packing children's school lunch 'bento style' can help fight childhood obesity and surprisingly aid time poor parents.