Teenagers furthest from hitting five-a-day target

The latest figures from Public Health England show that Britain is still not consuming its recommended five portions of fruit a day, with youngsters falling furthest short.

Image: 95Berlin
Image: 95Berlin

The data from a four-year period confirm that boys and girls aged 11-18 years consumed on average 3.0 and 2.7 portions per day respectively, with just 10 per cent of boys and 7 per cent of girls meeting the "5-a-day" recommendation.

By comparison, adults aged 19 to 64 years consumed on average 4.1 portions per day, while those aged 65 and over consumed 4.6 portions. In all, 30 per cent of adults and 41 per cent of older adults met the recommendation.

PHE Chief Nutritionist Dr Alison Tedstone said: "This provides compelling evidence that we all need to make changes to our diet to improve our health, especially for teenagers.

"The findings confirm that eating habits do not change quickly. It is clear that we all need to work together to help people improve their diets."

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