Polynesian kids down more soft drinks
Fri, 19 Oct 2012 5:21a.m.
Polynesian children guzzle down more soft drinks per serving than Pakeha kids and Kiwi kids are on par with the US when it comes to average food portions, a new study has found.
The study, Portion sizes: Looking At The Evidence (PLATE), will be presented at the Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society's three-day conference in Auckland which kicked off on Thursday.
Dr Helen Eyles, from the National Institute for Health Innovation at the University of Auckland, says the study revealed that Kiwi kids eat smaller portion sizes than the UK but equal to the US.
The average portion size for New Zealand children is 233 millilitres of fruit juice, 289ml of soft drink, 436ml of fruit flavoured drinks, 57 grams of biscuits and 190g of hamburger.
Maori children consumed 40ml more soft drink and 37ml more fruit juice per serving than Pakeha kids. Pacific kids drank 43ml more soft drink per serving.
Dr Eyles says the findings could be used to develop standard serving sizes for food manufacturers and dietary guidelines to reduce portion sizes, particularly for "energy" soft drinks.
"Recent research published in the New England Journal of Medicine on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) has shown replacing these drinks with non-caloric versions has the potential for reducing body-mass index (BMI) in children."
The idea of taxing SSBs is gaining momentum worldwide as a way to curb calorie consumption, although there are no plans to introduce this in New Zealand, Dr Eyles says.
The study involved analysing the data of 3275 children - 1224 Maori, 1058 Pacific Islanders and 993 Pakeha - compiled in the New Zealand Children's Nutrition Survey.
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24/10/2012 12:26:24 p.m.
Maori and Pacific Island children have money to buy soft drinks because many supermarkets discount them heavily, especially generic brands, which are sold on volume. Healthy food may be more expensive and out of their reach.
22/10/2012 10:04:32 a.m.
you've got to wonder whether recent governments have dumbed down the education system to keep the great unwashed stupid so the consume huge quantities of crap,buy cheap crap goods and appliances, breed like mad and die early? as graham chapman from monty python said:" a clever sheep is that most dangerous of creatures"
21/10/2012 10:01:44 a.m.
Maria McKee wrote:
so we provide breakfast in schools for low decile schools and our Pacific and Maori kids are falling in education and this is down (mainly) to poverty and yet on the other hand they have money to buy soft drinks. water is free!!!
19/10/2012 9:00:42 a.m.
The naturally made white killer. Aspartame the MAN made brain killer.
19/10/2012 5:44:43 a.m.
Robyn Guyton wrote:
Please read this book - soft drinks are causing so many hidden illnesses and should have warning labels on them:
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