Fewer than a third of secondary school children in Wales eating fruit or vegetables every day

Research body the Public Health Wales Observatory has found fewer than a third of secondary school children in Wales eat fruit or vegetables every day.

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.


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