Weigh­ing in on how to eat well

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

HEALTHY Weight Week, which ran this month, re­minds peo­ple of the im­por­tance of eat­ing well for a hap­pier and longer life.

Di­eti­cian and Di­a­betes WA ed­u­ca­tion man­ager So­phie Mc­gough said ed­u­ca­tion and self-man­age­ment were cru­cial to manag­ing di­a­betes, and to keep­ing healthy in gen­eral.

“Healthy Weight Week is run by the Di­eti­cians As­so­ci­a­tion. It is an im­por­tant is­sue 24/7 all year round… it is im­por­tant that peo­ple learn to eat within the three food groups and move away from dis­cre­tionary foods: su­gars, fats, al­co­hol. It is a com­bi­na­tion of those that are the prob­lem.”

Ms Mc­gough said Aus­tralians had de­vel­oped alarm­ing eat­ing habits.

“Even two and three-year-olds are get­ting 30 per cent of their food in­take from out­side the core food groups… from dis­cre­tionary foods like cho­co­late, sausage rolls, pies, chips,” she said.

Ms Mc­gough said adults had a sim­i­lar “junk” pro­por­tion of their diet, and 14 to 18-year-olds were get­ting 41 per cent of their in­take from “dis­cre­tionary” foods.

“Only 7 per cent of Aus­tralians eat enough veg­eta­bles,” she said.

Di­a­betes WA ed­u­ca­tor So­phie Mc­gough shows the way to a healthy diet.

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