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New Book Discusses the Truth About Junk Food In The Fight Against Childhood Obesity


QUEENSLAND, Australia September 2012 – The truth about junk food is well known but not necessarily well-heeded - it contains very little beneficial nutrients, lots of sugar, salt and fat yet children all over Australia want more and more of it. Although junk food usually contains very high amounts of fats, calories and sugars with almost no vitamins, minerals or protein – children are consuming more junk food than ever. Aussie children’s preference for junk food over healthy foods is obvious when looking at childhood obesity statistics that state more and more young Aussies are overweight and at risk of heart-related diseases, diabetes and orthopaedic disorders. Experts say that tackling obesity is something that should begin with the parents but also involve educating the children.
A book that may help control childhood obesity and teach young people to make healthy eating choices has just been released. The humorous book written by Sharon Cooper stars Superfood Spike, a fictional character who teaches his friend Junkfood Jimmy the truth about junk food in a way children can relate to. The book, titled Superfood Spike and the Fart of Junkfood Jimmy addresses the issue of childhood obesity and educates children about what junk food actually does to the body in a ‘novel’ way so that young people can make informed decisions about their food.
Sharon Cooper, the author of Superfood Spike is also the brains behind the much loved Australian book, ‘The Superfood Gardener’.  According to Professor Robert M. Graham, Executive Director of The Victor Chang Research Institute, “The Superfood Gardener marries the joy of gardening and the benefits of growing your own produce, a real plus for anyone wishing to take control of their health and help reduce the risk of contracting serious illnesses.”

And glowing reports from young readers nationwide show that children are enjoying Sharon’s second book AND changing their opinion of junk food. Yandina wrote “Mrs. Cooper, thanks for reading to us your story about Junkfood Jimmy...I promise to eat healthy foods from now on.” Another young fan, Caitlyn wrote “thank you for reading that funny story to us.”
Superfood Spike and the Fart of Junkfood Jimmy recommends the Dietary Guidelines developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. The guidelines advise Australians to eat more superfoods, eat less junk foods and drink beverages low in fats, sugars, salt and alcohol.*
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