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Teenage girls - junk food and smoking & drinking findings

14th February 2010

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A National Diet and Nutrition survey carried out by the Food Standards Agency and Department of Health have found that teenage girls live on junk food. The survey asked teenage girls aged between 13 years and 16 years old and found that 37 percent of girls were overweight and 22 percent could be classed as obese. This compares unfavourably to boys of the same age, where 35 percent of boys are overweight and 16 percent are obese.

The survey also highlighted that only 7 percent of girls eat their '5 a day' - with most teenage girls eating only 2.8 portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

11 percent of girls aged between 13 years and 15 years old claimed to drink alcohol very week, compared to 1 percent of boys of the same age. 29 percent of girls in this age bracket said they regularly smoked cigarettes, compared to 16 percent of boys aged 13 years to 15 years old.

Unsurprisingly, the National Diet and Nutrition survey also found that both teenage girls and boys are eating too much sugar and saturated fats, food types that are directly linked to increased levels of diabetes and heart disease.

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