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Room for improvement on fruit and veg front

01/03/2002 - News

Room for improvement on fruit and veg front

By: Susan Aldridge, medical journalist, PhD

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More people are eating the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables, but they are still only a minority of the population.

One of the best things you could do to improve your health in 2002 is to take more fruit and vegetables on board. According to the latest statistics gathered by the American Heart Association, too few people are getting this healthy eating message - although things are improving.

The percentage of men eating fruit and veg at least five times a day increased from 16.5 per cent to 19.1 per cent between 1990 and 1996 (the latest period for which the stats are available). Among women, the percentage increase was from 21.3 per cent to 26.2 per cent during this time. Older people, white people, college graduates, those taking regular exercise, and non-smokers were more likely to be eating lots of produce. The percentage of obese people eating their five portions declined from 16.8 per cent to 15.4 per cent during the five year period - underlining the link between overweight and unhealthy eating. The majority of the population is not getting the benefit of a healthy diet, says the Association. But maybe the next set of five year stats will show that the message is beginning to get through.

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American Heart Association December 31 2001

Created on: 01/03/2002
Reviewed on: 01/03/2002

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