National Nutrition Week: Food Insecurity in Australia

This week is National Nutrition Week.

Over the next year it is anticipated $60 billion will be spent on diet related illnesses in Australia.

Sadly, 25% of Australian children, 1 in 4, were overweight or obese in 2014/15 and these figures are now said to be sitting at 28%.

On the other end of the spectrum, it is estimated 1 in 5 children go hungry in Australia.

The problem is not as simple as these stats, it is a multi layered problem with many facets that contribute to the overall picture from lack of education, lack of access, lack of support, lack of understanding and a big dose of poor behaviour from the multi nationals, just to name a few.

This week is National Nutrition Week (14-20 October 2018) and I wanted to catch up with my good friend, and lady who is undeniably passionate about Food Insecurity in Australia, Mel from JERF Market.

We certainly don’t have the answers, but we do recognise that something needs to change.

In National Nutrition Week where all the focus will be on obesity and Cardiovascular Disease, we want to highlight that it’s a much bigger, much broader problem, more than the stats of 1 in 4 children being overweight. As Mel says there’s also the opposite end of the spectrum with 1 in 5 children in Australia going hungry and many that don’t have access to real food.

 

A a parent who wants to maybe change or tweak a few things for a healthier family and a healthier upbringing for our children, what can we do?

  • Add more fruit and vegetables to lunchbox’s

  • Cut back on sugary drinks

  • Use the 80/20 rule with healthy food and healthy eating

  • Get back to simplicity - less processed, real food

Please let us know what you do in your family?


Mel refers to the work of Professor Steven Allender, who states that the increasingly dire problem of childhood obesity can only be solved if communities take responsibility for maintaining each other’s health and wellness. His work can be found HERE.