How much food should my child be eating?

How much food should my child be eating
How much food should my child be eating

How much food should my child be eating?

How much food should my child be eating?

Your children require healthy food in the right amount so they get all the nutrients need to grow, learn and thrive.

Below is the number of daily servings needed by  children each day from each food group, based on their sex and age:


This is just a guide; your child’s needs will depend on their activity levels, but it’s good to get a sense of what you should be aiming for.

Keep in mind serving sizes vary for each of the five food groups

Choosing from five food groups sounds simple enough.

However supermarkets can carry up to 30,000 products.

Also, many foods are heavily marketed and it’s rarely the healthy ones.

So children end up eating more junk foods and fewer fruits and vegetables than recommended.

In addition A 2011-12 survey of two to 18 year olds found 38% of children’s average total energy intake came from junk foods.

Cakes, muffins, slices, biscuits, chips, packet snacks, processed meats and sugary drinks were the main contributors.

In 2017-18, just one in 17 children aged two to 17 years ate the recommended daily serves of vegetables.

So how do you get kids to eat less junk and more healthy food?


How do you get kids to eat less junk foods

While young children can recognise healthy foods fairly easily, they find it hard to know which foods are energy-dense, nutrient-poor “junk” foods.

The foods available in your home act as a powerful signpost to your children about what to eat. When there are unhealthy snack foods in the pantry children (and adults) eat more of them.

Unfortunately, it’s hard for parents to avoid some messages their children receive around food, especially from advertising.

But try to ignore those requests; eventually your child will stop asking.

A survey of 7,800 children found that kids who “often” asked for items advertised on TV were 30% more likely to become overweight during two years of follow-up.


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