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Scottish aren't eating their five servings of fruit and veg a day

Scotland consumed three portions per day on average in 2016, with consumption having ranged from 3.1 to 3.3 since 2003, the Scottish Health Survey 2016 found.

Only one in five (20%) of adults who responded ate the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables the previous day, the joint lowest percentage since 2003.

More than one in 10 (12%) adults had eaten no fruit or vegetables the day before, the highest level since the survey began.

Women were more likely to meet the five-a-day recommendation than men, with 22% meeting the target, compared to 17% of men, the lowest level recorded for the latter.

Children aged between two and 15 ate 2.8 portions of fruit and vegetables a day on average last year.

Thirteen percent of them had eaten the recommended five portions on the previous day, while 9% of them had eaten none.

The survey questioned 4,323 adults and 1,561 children across Scotland and aims to give an overview of the nation’s health and well-being.


Publication date: 10/4/2017


 


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