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New Healthy Eating Book for Children Reveals Secret to Controlling Childhood Obesity


Queensland, Australia July, 2012 – Parents who want their kids to grow up happy and healthy should be on the lookout for the increasing Australian epidemic – childhood obesity.  Between 20-25% of Australian children are obese and all trends point towards this figure increasing, not decreasing (1).

Health specialists have raised concern over child obesity because it can lead to many serious medical problems including early cardiovascular diseases, bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems.(2) Obese children who grow up to be obese adults are also at greater risk of acquiring several types of cancer: breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, pancreas, gall bladder, thyroid, ovary, cervix, and prostate, as well as multiple myeloma and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.(3)

The figures are scary enough to shake any parent into action, especially one mother of two children who she politely describes as “fussy eaters”. Sharon Cooper, a commercial gardener and passionate healthy living advocate, was inspired by her children to write Superfood Spike and the Fart of Junkfood Jimmy. The book follows Superfood Spike’s plight to introduce Junkfood Jimmy to superfoods and help him to understand what junk food does to his body.

Dr. Rosemary Stanton, OAM, a nutritionist has this to say about the book that delves into good food choices in a way children can relate to: “The Superfood Spike children’s book is a great story that I’m sure children will love. In today’s world where children are so often seen as fair game by sophisticated marketers of junk food, it’s refreshing to find a book that uses humour to teach children (and adults) about the impact of advertising and poor food choices.”

Parents who are concerned their child will end up as yet another childhood obesity statistic can find out more by visiting

  1. Child Obesity in Australia – Alarming Statistics.  Retrieved on 26 June 2012 from
  2. Childhood Obesity Facts (7 June 1912). Retrieved on 26 June 2012 from healthyyouth/obesity/facts.htm
  3. Kushi LH, Byers T, Doyle C, Bandera EV, McCullough M, Gansler T, et al. American Cancer Society guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention: reducing the risk of cancer with healthy food choices and physical activity. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians 2006;56:254–281.


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