The Sydney Pregnancy, Babies and Children Expo took place in Sydney Olympic Park from 20 May to 23 May and saw thousands of mums and expectant mums come through the doors to get advice on pregnancy and babies as well as stock up on goodies for their babies. Rhian Allen from Lose Baby Weight attended the show and interviewed some of the exhibitors who had stalls at the expo and spoke to many mums on the day.
Allen points out that a surprising and worrying fact is that the majority of food served at the expo is high in fat and lacking in any nutritional value, "Considering the majority of people here are either pregnant women or breastfeeding mums it is shocking that the food outlets are jam packed with burgers, pies and hot chips. The venue should be supplying mums with healthy food options to give them the best nutrition possible at this important time in their life."
Allen says she speaks with mums on a daily basis who struggle to lose their pregnancy weight and one of the difficulties they face is when they go out with the family and are faced with all the fatty fast food options which finds them falling off their weight loss plan wagon and eating badly. Allen spoke to Ellie from Rose Hill at the Expo who said:
"I just can't believe that the Pregnancy and Baby expo is full of this junk food and thought that this would be a 'junk food free' venue given how many tired and vulnerable mums are attending - it is so hard to resist and everywhere I look mums are eating burgers and chips."
Allen says that in a quest to help mums get healthy, feel more energised and get correct nutrient levels she would like to see venues such as these take a stand and stock only healthy foods such as fresh fruit and healthy meals and phase out the burgers, fries and pies that are commonplace. "If the entry price to these events were to increase by $2 to fund this then I am sure that women would be prepared to pay this and I am sure Kate Ellis, the Women's Health Minister, would be happy to help promote or fund too."
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