Half of children do not eat veg every day

The results of a new survey carried out by CBBC’s Newsround revealed that over half of the UK’s children do not eat any vegetables on a daily basis.

This is despite the fact that the Government recommends that everyone in Britain should be aiming to eat at least five portions of fruit and veg each day.

The results of the survey, which polled 1,432 children between the ages of 7 and 12, showed that 44% of kids do not have fruit every day. Meanwhile, 52% stated that they do not have a daily vegetable intake.

This is particularly concerning as the number of children who are obese or overweight in the UK has risen to one in three, which is three times as many as in 1990.

Other findings made by the survey included the fact that a third of children eat what they would consider unhealthy food over three times a week.

The figures also showed that 22% of kids consume chocolate or sweet treats every single day.

However, the poll also found that 57% of children think that their diet is a healthy one, with 21% believing that it is in fact very healthy.

Food expert Dr Radha Modgil commented on the survey’s results, noting that it is important for children to have a nutritious, balanced diet, while eating treats such as chocolate sparingly.

Parents can do their part by stocking kitchens in Chester with healthy snacks and encouraging their children to try nutritious alternatives.

Posted by Peter
April 2, 2015
Research

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