Weighing in on how to eat well
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.