26% of 14 & 15-yr olds skip breakfast, 22% skip lunch and 10% skip both…says study


See the Daily Mail Online article One in ten girls living on just one meal a day: Teens risk health to copy stick-thin celebrities by Laura Clark and Steve Doughty 13th October 2009

Teenage girls are routinely missing two meals a day because they believe they need to lose weight, a major survey of children’s lifestyles has revealed.

Twenty-six per cent of 14 and 15-year-olds often don’t eat breakfast, 22 per cent skip lunch and 10 per cent regularly go without either, the study found.

A majority of teenage girls  –  and 40 per cent of ten and 11-year-olds  –  believed they needed to slim but few were actually overweight.

e survey, conducted among 32,000 ten to 15-year-olds by the Exeter-based Schools Health Education Unit, presents a snapshot of British schoolchildren’s lifestyles.

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