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Could secondary teachers have role to play in good food education?

16/02/2010 Joanna
Secondary teachers may be interested in new research which shows their female pupils may be most in need of healthy eating education.

The latest figures from the annual National Diet Nutrition Survey, conducted by the Food Standards Agency, shows that schoolgirls aged 11 to 18-years-old have a poorer diet than any other age and gender-based category of young people.

Founder of weight loss organisation Fat Free Fitness, Rich Leigh, said: "The notion that all fat and all carbohydrates must be in some way bad for your figure and therefore taken out of the diet equation is one that affects […] teenage girls in particular."

The study concluded that teenage girls are on average likely to consume less vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds than their fellow pupils.

A separate survey, conducted by teen magazine Sugar in October 2009, found that 78 per cent of over 500 girls questioned admitted to worrying about their looks "all the time".ADNFCR-2164-ID-19618873-ADNFCR
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