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HBSC Scotland publishes: Trends in adolescent eating behaviour: a multilevel cross-sectional study of 11-15 year olds in Scotland, 2002-2010

HBSC Scotland found that the consumption of fruit and vegetables increased between 2002 and 2010, peaking in 2006. During the same period, consumption of crisps, chips and sweets reduced considerably. This may indicate that strategies, such as free-fruit initiatives, breakfast clubs, and the integration of health and wellbeing into the school curriculum are working. However, consistently young people from low affluent families had poorer eating habits than those in higher affluence families, and moreover the level of inequality remained constant. Further improvements among low FAS children are therefore required, in order to bring their diet in line with higher affluent peers. Findings suggest that, alongside whole population programmes, initiatives need to be directed at more deprived groups.

KA Levin et al

Journal of Public Health, pp 109

DOI: 10.1093/pubmed/fds021

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[30-04-2012 to 02-07-2012]

 


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