Mary (mother of 3): I’m pretty particular that it’s... You know, you don’t have treats every night and that sort of thing, and food, too, that it’s healthy food.
Trish (mother of 2): We talk a lot about nutrition because my husband was not well a few years ago, so we place a big emphasis on, umm, fresh is best; we rarely have takeaway...
Sam (age 13): Mum’s quite healthy and she makes healthy meals and stuff, so I tend to be quite healthy.
Trish: We encourage the children to try and cook once a week...
David (age 12): I made dinner for myself a little while ago, and Mum still got to veto what I made. I ended up making pasta with Bolognese.
Kristin (mother of Oscar, 15): Oh, he eats really well, loves really good food, he’s really... yeah. [laughing] Eats constantly.
Nina (age 13): My mum still packs my lunchbox at the moment. Umm, it’s OK because I don’t really want to be bothered packing it. Umm, she does make a big effort to make it, like, we have fruit and that kind of thing.
Ted (father of 3): I mean, we all eat really well. That’s part of the Japanese food culture side of things. And we just tend to eat good balanced meals, generally speaking.
Lakshmi (mother of 2): I was raised as a vegetarian because of cultural, umm, my parents raised me as a vegetarian. And I’ve always said ‘Look if you want to eat non- vegetarian food, Mum won’t cook it at home, but if you want to eat outside you’re more than welcome,’ but they’ve chosen not to so far.
Smriti (age 14): My friends definitely don’t discriminate me, and they’re very caring for me so whenever I go to their houses they always make sure they order the vegetarian pizza, and they don’t really make me feel left out.
Nina: Some of my friends are less healthy than the rest of us. The rest of us think it’s OK to have an occasional chocolate attack, that kind of thing but, you know, we’re pretty good at eating vegetables and things.
Smriti: It is very important, I’m not saying that, it is terribly important but I think we’re still young and, like, we’re not really thinking about that now. We’re just enjoying what we have right now, yeah.
Mary: The school has a garden, and we’re encouraged to... the classes are encouraged to go down there but we’re encouraged to even buy produce from there and things like that. When we have music nights or something now, we’re trying not to have fizzy drinks even and we try not to have all the unhealthy stuff. Sausage sizzle, yes, but not selecting too many lollies and things.