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Children failing to eat vegetables each day, survey shows

A survey commissioned by Vouchercloud has found that not even a fifth of the nation’s children eat vegetables daily. Of the remainder, half won’t eat them at all.

Having questioned 1,912 parents with children under the age of 10, the study group found that children typically only eat five different types of meal each week. Almost two-thirds of parents admitted that their child’s diet was limited, but less than a quarter had tried to address this.

The top five meals were found to be typical kids’ favourites such as spaghetti bolognese, followed by sausage and chips, roast dinner, sausage and mash and fish fingers and chips. With a third of primary school children in their final year being either overweight or obese, perhaps it is time to look into how to set up a school tuck shop in order to provide healthier options to students.

Sadly, it seems this is not a widely-shared view, as 40% of the parents questioned said that they didn’t think vegetables needed to be part of every meal.

A study carried out by University College London researchers found that much of this is genetic with our taste for greens and fruit in early life being dictated by our DNA. However, a separate study carried out in the U.S. found that the addition of ketchup, cheese sauce and the like led to a greater likelihood of a child eating vegetables on their own later on in life.

Posted by Jennifer
April 2, 2014
Research

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