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Don’t Encourage Unhealthy Eating Habits in Children over the Easter Holidays, Warns Children’s Author


QUEENSLAND, Australia April, 2012 – Each year on the second Sunday of April children all over Australia are delighted to wake up to trails of Easter eggs, chocolates hidden all over the home and yummy hot cross buns smothered with butter. One Australian mum who enjoys the Easter celebration as much as everyone else is warning mums, “make sure your children know Easter is a holiday treat”.

Sharon Cooper is an author of The Superfood Gardener and a healthy living advocate. A mother herself, Sharon aims to fight childhood obesity by educating parents and children alike.

“Chocolate is a tempting and delicious treat that we all like to indulge in, especially at Easter and school holidays time. But children need to know that Easter doesn’t extend to the whole school holidays, it is only one day,” says Sharon, who is urging parents to explain to their children the impact that chocolate and other sugary treats can have on the body in order to foster lifelong healthy eating patterns in Aussie children.

This is the difficult topic that Sharon attempts to broach in a way that children can relate to in her second book Superfood Spike and the Fart of Junkfood Jimmy. The book provides parents with an opportunity to raise the subject of childhood obesity and eating choices with children in a novel and fun way.

Superfood Spike and the Fart of Junkfood Jimmy follows Spike’s efforts to persuade his friend Jimmy that junk food is not good for his body and convince Jimmy to make healthier eating choices.

“Parents are using the book not only as a way to get their children to read about junk food in terms of ‘farts’ and other fun stuff kids like, but also as a way to raise the subject of unhealthy weight and openly discuss junk food with their children in a language that kids will actually understand,” says Sharon.

Sharon recommends several ways to get through the school holidays this Easter:

  • Remind children that Easter is a special time and the unhealthy eating is not something that can continue past the holiday period;
  • Encourage activities that get children out of the house, such as bike riding or hide-and-seek; and
  • Have plenty of fresh, nutritional food on hand so children fill up on the good stuff before asking for chocolate or junk food.

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