Babies and children
One in four children who start primary school in the borough are already overweight. Children who are very overweight are more likely to have health issues at a young age, such as high blood pressure and low self-confidence.
What can I do?
Sugar swaps: swap sugary snacks and drinks for ones that are lower in sugar. Offer water or milk instead of sweetened drinks.
Meal time: it's important for children to have regular meals as growing bodies respond better to routine.
Snack check: many snacks are full of sugar, salt, fat and calories. Try to limit your child to 2 healthy snacks per day, such as a finger of toast or piece of fruit.
'Me' size meals: it's important to make sure that children get just the right amount for their age.
5 a day: offer your child 5 portions of fruit and/or vegetables a day (1 portion = your child's handful).
Up and about: encourage your child to be active. Young children should be active for at least 3 hours a day.
All the food we eat can be divided into five food groups. Use the eatwell guide as your guide.
Fruit and vegetables – eat lots. Aim for five portions a day and try to include a variety of different types and colours.
Bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and other starchy foods: these should form the main part of each meal. Try to eat wholegrain varieties when you can.
Meat, fish, eggs, beans: eat some of these protein foods every day and try to include two portions of fish each week – one of which should be an oily fish such as sardines.
Milk and dairy foods – again, include these every day but where you can choose low fat versions.
Tips for healthy eating
- Base your meals on starchy foods.
- Eat lots of fruit and vegetables.
- Eat more fish – including one portion of oily fish each week.
- Cut down on saturated fat and sugar.
- Try to cut down on your salt intake – check the labels on foods you buy, there can be lots of hidden salt in foods we buy regularly.
- Drink plenty of water and don’t allow yourself to get thirsty.
- Don’t skip breakfast.
- For lots of tips, ideas and recipes to help you eat well.