Gladstone South  students Emmali Collins, Kimberley Thorne, Kaylah Welsh, Thomas Little and Scott Schofield at lunch.
Gladstone South students Emmali Collins, Kimberley Thorne, Kaylah Welsh, Thomas Little and Scott Schofield at lunch.

Students put fresh food in lunch boxes

By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au

MICHELLE Waegele knows if she eats too many unhealthy foods, she'll get 'too fat to fit in a chair and it'll break'.

In fact, Michelle was one of 31 primary school students surveyed by The Observer who knew which foods were considered healthy and which were not.

The survey of year 3 and 6 students found about half the students had fruit in their lunchboxes, and close to 90 per cent took sandwiches for lunch.

Gladstone South State School year 6 student Kimberley Thorne said it was important to eat healthy foods 'so you don't feel lousy''.

'It's OK to have treats every now and again, but you shouldn't eat too much bread or stuff like that,' she said.

Thomas Little said people should eat healthy foods to 'stop you from getting sick'.

'You should eat fruit and vegetables so you have energy,' he said. Kin Kora State School Year 3 students also knew which foods were healthy. Lachlan Mortimer said if a person did not eat healthy foods they would "get really fat and their legs wouldn't be able to carry them''. Year 3 student Michelle Waegele said she ate healthy foods 'otherwise you get overweight and get heart burn if you're too fat'.

About 60 per cent of year 3 students had some form of treat for including chocolate biscuits, cakes or lollies, compared to about 30 per cent of year 6 students.



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