Teenagers are Not Eating Enough Fruits and Veggies

Teens today are on a roll with everything. Latest fad diets, readily availability of fast food and a ‘no time for a sit down meal’ attitude has led to a lot of eating and nutritional disorders.Kids aren't eating enough fruits and vegetables.

Slightly more than one in four (28.5 percent) of the high school students ate fruit less than once a day, and 33.2 percent ate vegetables less than once a day. Only 16.8 percent of students ate fruit at least four times a day and only 11.2 percent ate vegetables at least four times a day, the study found.

Vegetable consumption was lowest among Hispanic and black students.

The findings indicate that most high school students don't meet the daily fruit and vegetable recommendations for teens who do less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day: 1.5 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables for females and 2 cups of fruit and 3 cups of vegetables for males.

Teenagers who do more physical activity need to eat even more fruits and vegetables, the study pointed out.

The infrequent fruit and vegetable consumption by high school students highlights the need for effective strategies to increase consumption, the researchers wrote in the report.

Potentially promising school and community-based strategies include policy and environmental approaches such as farm-to-school initiatives, school gardens, salad bars in schools, and farmers' markets. All of these programs seek to improve access to and availability of fruits and vegetables, the researchers explained.