A nation raised on crisps and fizzy drinks?

Topic Selected: Adolescent Health

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OnePoll, an organisation that uses online panels for carrying out surveys, gathered responses from 2,002 children aged 11 to 16 between 6 and 19 September this year. It asked first what the children normally ate for lunch, and got 6,743 responses – so, as you would expect, most respondents ticked more than one box.
A quarter said they had school dinner, and 61 per cent a sandwich (filling unspecified). Just over a fifth said a chocolate bar, almost a third fruit, just over a third crisps, 18 per cent yogurt, 8.6 per cent soup and 9.0 per cent salad. That doesn’t sound very surprising, or especially dreadful. It isn’t out of line with studies made of the contents of packed lunches by the School Food Trust, using a bigger sample and a much better methodology, but with primary rather than secondary school children.
The OnePoll survey also asked children what they drank. This attracted 3,947 responses so each respondent ticked, on average, two boxes. More than ha

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