Are our kids eating away their health?
AFTER school yesterday there was no soft drink or chocolate bars for the Seabrook children of Clinton.
Instead they raided the kitchen for milk and Milo. A healthy eating habit is a way of life for Jacob, 15, Carissa, 13, and Zachari, 10, thanks to the efforts of their parents Graham and Robyn.
Father and police prosecutor Graham has backed calls from nutritionist Rosemary Stanton for schools to keep tabs on children's weight to prevent obesity.
Statistics show that one in five children in Australia are obese.
'If the program is explained properly and put in the right context, I could see no problem with that,' he said.
Most of the people taking part in The Observer's street poll yesterday disagreed with Dr Stanton's suggestion.
However, Mr Seabrook said the program might be a way to give parents a wake-up call who would otherwise be too busy with life to be aware of the risks their children faced.
Mr Seabrook said because of their work schedules, both he and his wife, Robyn, a Jenny Craig consultant, cooked the family meals depending on who was available at the time.
'Both of us have been conscious of a good diet for some time,' he said.
'We have no trouble getting the children to eat their vegetables ? we tell them 'it's food, eat it'.'
However, he admitted there was also little point in being too strict.
'If you eat one bad meal in a week of good ones, it's not likely to do any harm,' he said.