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What teens say about nutrition
1,046 Canadian high-school students (Grades 8 through 12) were asked when deciding what foods to eat, how important are the following:
Attitudes about healthy eating*
Good nutrition: 78%
Kids generally want to eat healthy but lack the know how. Kids get their info and nutrition from three sources…first and foremost parents, secondly, school lunch programs (most are pathetic) and lastly media… teenagers are bombarded with advertising especially the Franken food sort.
Maintaining good health: 83%
Managing my weight: 68%
I would suspect the survey results skued more positive replies from the females than males when asked this question and that is probably why most of the respondent’s skipped breakfast…see below
Energy for my sports/workout: 71%
Eat breakfast every day: 47%
Statistics show that kids who eat breakfast consistently score higher in tests than kids that do not…proven fact
Eat at least 3 vegetable servings/day: 27%
I wonder how many included potatoes or French fries in their answers?
Eat at least 3 fruit servings/day: 24%
Most think they can drink fruit juice and get the same benefits without the eating the roughage, shortchanging themselves of the fiber
Eat at least 4 dairy servings/day: 14%
The O’s in this survey that answered low or no servings are better off
Follow a vegetarian diet: 7%
Good chance that 35% of the respondents are type A and would do well to be on one
Choose whole grain breads: 29%
I would imagine white bread still rules supreme among kids
Take a multivitamin: 29%
Take a calcium supplement: 15%
The majority of teenagers that took part in this study (78 per cent) say they get their nutrition information from parents.
I wonder what the survey results would be if we did a survey of 1000 kids who belonged to BTD mom and dads, sub categorized by blood group. Sounds like a project.