Preventing childhood obesity

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With one in every five Australian children aged two to three overweight or obese, and proven links between childhood obesity and adverse health consequences in adult life, prevention has never been more critical.

But prevention is not simply about avoiding poor food choices. Research shows food preparation, texture, variety and understanding the importance of diet changes at various stages in early childhood are all critical steps towards preventing childhood obesity.

Eating patterns and food preferences are well established by age two, and often continue throughout childhood and into adulthood. Establishing healthy habits early in life – from as early as in vitro – becomes important to avoid the challenge of reversing

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