Teenage girls eat less healthy food than any other group of the inhabitants, according to the research done by the Food Standards Agency and the Department of Health. The study was done to know whether the nation is eating healthy food.
It is a matter of great concern that the girls between the age of 11 and 18 don't eat adequate food essential for growth and good health. Essential five a day portions of fruit and vegetables are eaten by only seven percent of the teenage girls. More than two in the five girls of this particular age group do not gain enough iron, magnesium and other essential key nutrients. The Food Standards Agency is trying to resolve the problem by putting the message on the Face book.
The reduction in the healthy food is because the teenagers, especially girls are eating too much junk food. Regardless of the Department of Health's expenditure of £3.3 million on the 5-a-day campaign since 2006, and £75 million to promote Change for Life, there is a little progress.
"We've known for a long time that preaching at schoolchildren is pretty ineffectual. What teenagers need is one-to-one support, but there is an acute shortage of school nurses", said Tam Fry, the chairman of the Child Growth Foundation.