• Young People Live On Junk Food

      From Huffington Post Lifestyle

      Many British youngsters are still living on a daily diet of junk food and failing to eat enough fruit and veg, a survey suggests.

      Almost a third of secondary-age pupils (29%) are tucking into sweets, crisps and chocolate three or more times a day, it warns.

      And two in five (40%) say that fizzy or energy drinks are their daily drink of choice.

      The poll, commissioned by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), questioned more than 2,000 11 to 16 year olds about their eating habits.

      The findings show that on average, these youngsters eat 2.57 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, with around 25% saying they eat one piece or less.

      Overall, nearly nine in ten (88%) are not eating the recommended five portions a day, the BHF said.

      Around a third (34%) said they normally eat crisps for lunch, with 31% saying they eat fruit at lunchtime, and 9% eating salad.

      More than one in five (21%) eat a chocolate bar at lunchtime, the poll found.

      The BHF said that based on the survey results, a child's typical daily diet includes a chocolate bar, crisps, a fizzy drink, an energy drink and a bag of jelly sweets.

      It means that from snacks alone, youngsters are eating their way through nearly 30 teaspoons of sugar, more fat than is in a cheeseburger and more than a third of their daily calorie intake.

      Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011...n_1108912.html
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