Why is healthy eating important?

Eating less sugar, fat and salt and more fibre are simple ways to make health problems like the ones below less likely to happen to you. Healthy eating can help if you have any of these health problems:

  • High blood sugar
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart problems
  • Some cancers
  • Kidney disease

How does food effect my body?

  • We get our energy from food and it is measured in kilojoules. These are always listed on food packets.
  • Your body uses energy all the time, when you breathe, to pump blood around your body, and when you move.
  • The average adult needs about 8700 kilojoules (kJ) a day to maintain a healthy weight.
  • In general, women need fewer kilojoules than men.
  • The more you move, the more energy or kilojoules you use.
  • People who eat more kilojoules than they use put on weight. This can cause health problems.
  • Small changes can make a big difference. 

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