Healthy eating for children

Important facts

  • Eating healthy as a child reduces the chances of developing health problems as your child ages.
  • A healthy, balanced diet includes foods from all 5 food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and milk.
  • Foods high in sugar, saturated fat, and salt are not essential to a healthy diet and should be limited.
  • Cooking and eating healthy meals together as a family can help your child develop healthy eating habits for life.
  • If your child has special dietary needs or restrictions, your doctor or dietitian can help you make sure their diet is healthy and balanced.


Healthy eating for children
Healthy eating for children

What is healthy food?

A healthy diet is essential for your baby's good health, growth, and development. Eating healthy as children means they are less likely to develop chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some cancers. It will also mean that they feel better and enjoy life more.


To stay healthy and maintain a healthy weight, children need to be physically active and eat adequate amounts of nutrients to balance their energy intake.


The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend that children should enjoy a variety of foods from these 5 food groups:

  • fruit
  • Vegetables, beans and legumes
  • Grain (cereal) foods, including bread, rice, pasta, and noodles, mostly whole grain or high-fiber cereal varieties
  • Lean meat, fish, poultry, and/or alternatives
  • Milk, yogurt, cheese, or alternatives - Children under 2 should have full-fat milk, but older children and teens should choose mostly low-fat varieties.

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