Diet & Nutrition
Young men don't get their five a day
Average daily consumption of five or more portions of fruit and vegetables, 2000-01, GB
It is recommended that a healthy diet should include at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables (excluding potatoes) a day. In 2000–01, 13 per cent of men and 15 per cent of women aged 19 to 64 in Great Britain consumed this amount on an average daily basis.
The overall figures disguise substantial differences by age. The proportion eating the recommended amount increases with age. No young men (aged 19 to 24) interviewed in the National Diet and Nutrition Survey had consumed an average five or more portions a day and only 4 per cent of young women had done so. This compares with 24 per cent of men and 22 per cent of women aged 50 to 64.
There has been a marked change in the British diet since the early 1970s. There has been a long-term rise in the consumption of poultry and a fall in red meat (such as beef). In addition, the use of convenience food – both frozen, and ready meals and snacks – has increased.
The Health Survey for England, 2002, showed that men were more likely than women to be overweight (or obese), 66 per cent compared with 57 per cent. However, in 2000-01 women aged 19 to 64 were more likely than men to say they were dieting to lose weight – 24 per cent compared with 10 per cent.
Source: National Diet and Nutrition Survey, Office for National Statistics Health Survey for England, Department of Health Expenditure and Food Survey, Office for National Statistics, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Notes Fruit and vegetables includes composite dishes (all fruit juice counted as one portion; all baked beans and other pulses counted as one portion). The National Diet and Nutrition Survey took place between June 2000 and June 2001.