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Most parents will tell you their kids love juice. It tastes good, often comes in convenient and child-friendly packaging, and seems much healthier than soft drinks, sports drinks or other sweet beverages. It comes from fruit, after all. But we also know it’s high in sugar, and so can contribute to obesity and dental problems.

We asked five experts in nutrition, dietetics, medicine and dentistry whether or not we should let our kids drink juice.

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In Australia, one in every two people has a chronic disease. These diseases, such as cancer, mental illness and heart disease, reduce quality of life and can lead to premature death. Younger generations are increasingly at risk. Crucially, one-third of the disease burden could be prevented and chronic diseases often share the same risk factors. Here are 10 things Australia needs to do in order to improve the general health of the population.

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Each month, 11.5 million Australians consume fast food. Alongside traditional burger, fried chicken and pizza chains, new chains are positioning themselves as healthier alternatives to the typical, energy-, saturated fat-, sugar- and salt-laden meals on offer at traditional chains. Unfortunately, many of these outlets are not living up to their claims.

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A friend reckons he has it good. His partner cooks a bacon-hash-brown-fry-up for breakfast every day. “Are you sure?” I said. “Because that’s exactly what I would feed my partner if I wanted to bump him off!”

It is easy to fall into the trap of giving people you love lots of ultra-processed, high-kilojoule, nutrient-poor foods because they like them. But immediate pleasure comes at a cost.

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The average Australian's fruit-and-veg intake falls well below nutritional recommendations, a new Roy Morgan Research poll has found. Of the 14,000 Australians polled, just two per cent eat two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables each day. A whopping 46 per cent of participants admitted to eating just one piece of fruit or less per day.

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A new study has shown that travelling to work via public transport is healthier than using your car -- at least when it comes to your waistline. On average, people who drive to work tend to be around 3kg heavier than those whose commute is more active. In other words, that five-minute walk to the bus stop really does make a difference.

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Divorce can be an emotionally traumatic time for kids -- but did you know it can also affect them on the outside? A new study involving more than 3000 children found that marital splits can lead to a higher risk of overweight and obesity. In other words, while a loveless marriage isn't healthy, at least your kids will be.

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A yoghurt investigation by consumer watchdog CHOICE has found many brands that market themnselves as low fat, healthy and calcium-rich are actually no better than a dairy-based dessert. Some breakfast yoghurts contains as much as eight teaspoons of sugar and over 1300 kilojoules of energy.

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We live in a world of improbable bodies; they populate our television screens, magazines and billboards. If you're like most Australians, you might sometimes get the feeling your body isn't normal. But don't fret -- it's all the virtual bodies around us that aren't.

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New research into the distribution and affordability of nutritious foods has found that struggling families in Greater Western Sydney are being 'priced out' of healthy eating. Low-income households would need to spend nearly half of their weekly income to buy a grocery basket of healthy and sustainable foods. By contrast, higher income families spend less than 10 per cent of their weekly income on the same produce.

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Australian researchers have shed new light on the role our 'body clock' might play in controlling appetite. Their findings suggest that an individual's obesity level could be determined by a single gene. In other words, the "big boned" excuse just got trumped by something better.