Food portion sizes for Children

Childhood obesity is a real problem. Many children just starting school are already well overweight. This is not a good start for their little bodies, and has implications for their future health. Fast foods rarely contain the correct balance of foods to provide them with the correct nutrients they require, often resulting in obesity. They need Fruit and Vegetables for vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and good immune system. (Tinned and frozen fruit and veg are fine). They need milk, chicken, fish, eggs, beans, peas and lentils for their source of protein. and they need pasta, potatoes, rice, noodles and wholemeal bread for their source of carbohydrate.  Sugars and fats  found in cakes, biscuits, sweets , chocolate, crisps-  should be the smallest part of their diet and seen as a treat, not for every day. Fizzy drinks are very bad for children and they should have water, or diluting juice that has “no added sugar” instead.

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Portion Sizes

Please be aware that children should not be eating similar sized portions to adults, this seems to be one of the main issues causing childhood obesity. They should be offered much smaller portions.