Nutrition Australia says energy drinks have no nutritional value and could have detrimental effects to children

September 12, 2018

An overseas proposal to ban energy drink sales to children causes local experts to question whether this should be implemented down under. 

The England government announced this restriction amid growing health concerns due to containing high levels of sugar and caffeine. 

Energy drinks have almost double the caffeine levels compared to soft drinks. 

According to Nutrition Australia, these drinks pose no nutritional value and could have detrimental effects to children and adolescents. 

This includes increasing the risks of obesity, heart rate, insomnia and anxiety.

Wagga dietitian Dianne Wintle argued that industries use clever marketing strategies, which trick customers and therefore the government should use control. 

“I think it is a reasonable proposal to ban energy drink sales to children and for the government to provide some balance,” Mrs Wintle said. 

“Parents might like to look at the ingredients and think about whether or not this is a good idea for their children.”

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Experts have slammed the Global Obesity Centre at Deakin University's proposal to weigh school children

July 6, 2018

Experts have hit back following concerns regarding the proposal from the Global Obesity Centre at Deakin University for children to be weighed at school. 

The proposal called for children to be weighed at school every two years to tackle childhood obesity. 

Wagga nutritionist, Dianne Wintle had huge concerns for children and their well being if this were to be implemented at schools. 

“Looking at the issues surrounding healthy eating for children, they are very similar to healthy eating for the entire Australian population,” Ms Wintle said. 

“This is a very worrying notion of wanting to weigh students at school and would be detrimental to their mental and physical health. 

“There’s already plenty of data out there; this would simply just damage the mental health of children and would do nothing to tackle obesity.” 

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Wagga dietitians encourage 'licence to eat' and enjoyment over Christmas break

December 18, 2017

A Wagga dietitian has encouraged residents to “give themselves permission” to eat the foods they enjoy over Christmas but believes healthy dining can remain a priority.

Wagga Wagga Health Service acting dietitian in charge Sheree Morris is conscious of the pre-Christmas stress families often suffer.

“I think heading towards December, it can be really stressful organising everything and that can often result in more takeaway foods and easy options,” she said.

“I think we’re pretty time-poor in general but sometimes if we give healthy food the priority and do some preparation at the beginning of the week, we can take out the mid-week stress and poor food choices.”

Eating habits have been in the spotlight following a NSW Council of Social Services (NCOSS) report in October that found 23 per cent of children in the Murrumbidgee-Riverina area are overweight or obese.

However, Ms Morris said it’s important to enjoy the festive season and not put excessive pressure on families to eat perfectly.

“It’s important to give yourself a licence to eat the foods you enjoy over Christmas,” she said.

Uncommon Spirits founder and dietitian Diane Wintle wholeheartedly agrees.

 Wagga Wagga Health Service Acting Dietitian in Charge Sheree Morris.

“It’s only a couple of days anyhow and New Year’s is a good time for resolutions,” she said.

“Make a pre-commitment and then have a few good days of celebration.”

Excessive eating should be anticipated but Ms Wintle is a firm believer in self-mediation.

“It’s likely people will have more than they usually do but most people know what they should be having,”

“Just have fun and then start over in the New Year.”

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