Horticulture Wales which has reported on the results from the study said the levels of both fruit and vegetable consumption amongst 11-16 year-olds in Wales were lower than any other region of the UK, and also below the average of the Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children (HBSC) survey carried out by the World Health Organisation.
Only 32% of children in Wales eat one piece of fruit or one piece of veg per day, despite the ‘five a day’ recommendation.
The lowest rates of vegetable consumption in children were found in the Cwm Taf health region, with less than a quarter of children consuming one portion a day (23%). The highest results, in Powys and Cardiff & Vale, exceded the HBSC study average. Powys consumption (41%), in particular, also exceeded average consumption for England (40%).
For fruit consumption in children, only Cardiff & Vale exceeded the HBSC average of 37%, matching average consumption rates in England at 39%. Cwm Taf and Aneurin Bevan health regions had the lowest rates of consumption at 28% each.
Girls aged 11-16 years are generally more likely to consume at least one portion of fruit and vegetables a day.