[Consumption of fruit and vegetables in a teenage cohort--observed changes].

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to investigate the consumption of fruit and vegetables among boys and girls in a teenage cohort with respect to changes, gender differences and stability of consumption over time. In 1990, a representative sample of 13-year-olds from Hordaland county was recruited (n = 924) and surveyed regularly until the age of 19. The frequency of consumption decreased dramatically from the age of 13 to the age of 19. At the age of 13, 57% reported eating fruit daily, whereas only 21% of the boys and 37% of the girls reported eating fruit daily at the age of 19. Corresponding results for the consumption of vegetables showed that 42% reported eating vegetables daily at the age of 13, compared to 29% at the age of 19. No clear gender differences were found. The consumption frequency at group level at the age of 13 was a good indicator of the consumption frequency at a later age during adolescence. While younger adolescents until now have been at the focus of campaigns aimed at increasing fruit and vegetable consumption, our results point to the importance of focusing also on the older adolescents.

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@article{Lien1999ConsumptionOF, title={[Consumption of fruit and vegetables in a teenage cohort--observed changes].}, author={Nanna Lien and K I Klepp}, journal={Tidsskrift for den Norske laegeforening : tidsskrift for praktisk medicin, ny raekke}, year={1999}, volume={119 16}, pages={2327-30} }