Kids Nutrition & Fitness

Challenges of raising a child with food intolerances

Elana Benjamin By the time Elana Benjamin's son was three there was a long list of foods he couldn’t eat.

Do we need health warning pictures of obese children on fast food?

A mock-up of what the health warning could look like was posted to health advocacy group, Game Changer’s Facebook page and has since gone viral.

Jo Hartley Would seeing pictures of overweight children on fast food make a difference to our childhood obesity problem?

Popular kids' cereals contain more than 30 per cent sugar

Sweet as: Coco Pops, Nutri-Grain, Fruit Loops and Frosties are more than one third sugar.

Craig Butt, Health Reporter Many popular children's cereals are saturated with sugar, a new analysis shows.

Parents think some sugary drinks healthy for kids

Hard facts on soft drinks, fruit juice and flavoured water.

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?

Lunch policing

Lunch box policing doing more harm than good

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.

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Lolly burnt 'hole' in boy's tongue

Sour Warhead: Did this to seven-year-old's tongue.

Letitia Rowlands Lachlan Canak thought he could sneak a treat before school without anybody finding out.

Are parents to blame for fussy eaters?

Fussy eaters: Are parents to blame?

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.

How much sugar is in your child's lunchbox?

Hidden sugar: uncovering the masterfully disguised sugar items in your child's lunch.

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.

The most important thing you can do with your kids

The benefits of a nightly family meal.

Anne Fishel It turns out that sitting down for a nightly meal is great for the brain, the body and the spirit.

Simple sugar swaps make major difference, trial finds

Sugar swaps the key to fighting obesity, finds study.

Laura Donnelly Swapping just one snack a day for a healthier alternative could cut sugar intake by almost half, a pilot study has found.

Why Santa should bring your kids the right-sized sports gear


Smaller footballs, lighter tennis racquets and mini playing fields: it makes sense to have these for children, right?

Fruit and vegetable claims on some packaged foods debunked

Fruit and vegetables

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?

What I want my son to remember about Phillip Hughes

Australian cricketer Phil Hughes has died at the age of 25 due to severe head injuries sustained by a bouncer delivery on Mondays Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia played at the Sydney Cricket Ground. DARWIN, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 02:  Phillip Hughes of Australia 'A' looks on during the Cricket Australia Quadrangular Series Final match between Australia 'A' and India 'A' at Marrara Oval on August 2, 2014 in Darwin

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.


Unique ways Aussie schools are combating obesity

Small programs making a big difference in Australian schools.

Lilani Goonesena Here’s how five schools around the country are combating obesity.


This 8-year-old could crush you in a dance competition

Dance kid

Add 8-year-old Aidan Prince to the list of kids who would absolutely ruin you in a dance-off.

Nestle shrinks treats to cut sugar intake in kids

Lean not mean: Nestle is putting its oversized jelly snake on a diet.

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.


Too much screen time and too little outside play is holding back kids

Finding time for play ...

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.

5 reasons to cook with your kids

There is much to be gained by cooking with kids.

Nicole Avery Taking the time to cook with kids provides a connection point for families that will offer a lifetime of benefits.


Despite healthy Happy Meal ads kids' still want a burger, study

Kids liked fast-food more after watching healthier Happy Meal ads.

Livia Gamble The UK Congress on Obesity in Birmingham heard that the ads don’t encourage kids to make healthier choices.

Is it time to bin breakfast cereal?

Cereal: is it good or bad for us?

Sarah Berry Cereal was once considered the breakfast of champions but has it been knocked off its podium for good?


Child obesity: The issue no one wants to raise


AILEEN NAKHLE With more and more parents unable to recognise their kids are overweight, healthcare professionals may need to step into the breach.

Why French kids aren't fat

First course: Cucumber and tomato salad

Main course: Veal marinated with mushrooms, broccoli


Dessert: Apple tart

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.

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Healthy school lunch box ideas for kids

Packing a healthy lunch doesn't have to be hard.

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.

Junk food ads aimed at children deliver unhealthy message

Tiny Teddies

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.

Choice labels popular children's snacks with health star ratings

kids snack

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.

Viral Video

Excited 9-year-old skateboarder lands impossibly hard move after 75 attempts

Nine-year-old Sabre Norris from New South Wales has impressive skateboarding skills for someone so young. YouTube/ The Berrics

Brian Koerber Nine-year-old skateboarding girl from NSW is totally stoked after she successfully lands 540 on her 75th attempt.


Five-year-old boy served near-raw McDonald's chicken nuggets


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.


How children become overweight


Susie Burrell How do children become overweight? The same way as adults - through poor food choices, says nutritionist Susie Burrell.


'Yoghurt grows on trees'

Kids still confused about where their food comes from


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?

Quad bike kids 'playing Russian roulette'

Richard Bowling wants people to get the message that quad bikes are not safe for children.

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.


I took my kids to Fit Mum's place for dinner and this is what happened

Fit Mum

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.


Why we need competition in competitive sports

What are we really losing when we remove competition from sport?

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?

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AFL backlash over new junior footy rules

Previously, the ban on competition and awards had been limited to under-8 and under-9 games,

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.

How healthy is the food you pack for your child's lunch?


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.


Kellogg's swaps healthy cereal for 'sneaky' one

Madison (9 years old) and her sister Emily Adams (6 years old) at home in Rosanna with the new sugar laden version of Kellogg's Mini Wheats. Their Mum Vicky Adams is frustrated at the lack of choice when it comes to trying to buy sugar free breakfast cereals.
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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.


Family pranks boy with banana and gets surprising reaction

They seriously underestimated his love of bananas.

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.

Schools' 'healthy' eating message confusing kids

eating disorder

Veronica Foale Is the fight against fat actually negatively affecting our children's ideas about healthy eating?


I'd never let my child do that


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.

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Dodging the lunchbox snack trap

Taking the mystery out of choosing healthy snacks for the lunchbox.

Susie Burrell Nutritionist Susie Burrell shares her tips for choosing snacks for the school lunchbox.


Focusing on healthy habits for the family this year

How to start the year off on a healthy foot ...

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.


The sacrifices we make for our kids

It may have be a small moment but it was a worthwhile one.

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.


Bigger bowls, more waste

Big bowl

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.

Trans fats, fast food and our kids


Dr Joanna McMillan A lack of information on product packaging means we don't know how much trans fats our kids are consuming.

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Healthy household

Five commandments of healthy eating for families


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.

Children follow in the footsteps of parents on the run

Andrew Daddo with daughters Anakibi & Jasper.

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.

Parents to blame for childhood obesity?

Katie Hopkins

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.

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'Bento style' lunch key to healthy kids?

Is this the key to getting kids to polishing off their lunch?

Rashida Tayabali How packing children's school lunch 'bento style' can help fight childhood obesity and surprisingly aid time poor parents.


More than a game

The writer's two boys in their Dockers caps and scarves - Fraser and Gray.

Rebecca Martin Sport, football games and finals come and go, but this one is special. In our house, the coming AFL grandfinal this Saturday between Fremantle Dockers and Hawthorn is, just for once, genuinely more than a game.


Home schooling up 65% in four years

Lindy Hadges with two of her five children, Ruben, 15, and Odette, 8, whom she home schools in Carlton, Sydney.

Josephine Tovey The number of children being taught at home in NSW has ballooned by 65 per cent in four years, with many parents citing bullying, philosophical objections to schooling and a desire for personal learning as reasons for rejecting formal education.


Apple juice as sugary as Coca-Cola

Hidden sugar bomb: Apple juice bad for your health.

Sarah Whyte Apple juice has as much sugar as soft drinks, and health experts are warning consumers to limit consumption.


Does soda cause aggression?

Study finds link between aggression and kids who consume large amounts of soft drink.

Andrew M Seaman Kids who drank four or more servings of soda per day were twice as likely to destroy other people's belongings, get into fights and physically attack people.

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