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To be staggered that only 1 in 5 children eats vegetables every day

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Beloved72 Mon 23-Mar-15 17:41:20

Are there really families where children get no vegetables with their evening meal or packed lunch/school lunch?

Quite shocked actually. I can get my head around children and adults not having 5 a day, but NONE?

And 1 child in 10 refusing to eat ANY vegetables ever?

Yikes. I worry for our future health.

mariamin Mon 23-Mar-15 17:42:52

That shocks me too.

mostlyconfused Mon 23-Mar-15 17:42:56

My children are given veg every day but it's a constant battle to get them to eat any.

SpinDoctorOfAethelred Mon 23-Mar-15 17:46:14

I dunno. What's the source? If you say only fresh veg (no canned, frozen or otherwise processed) counts? Maybe 4 out of 5 children are eating vegetables every other day and fruit on the days in between?

IHaveBrilloHair Mon 23-Mar-15 17:47:10

Dd will eat pretty much any veg but rarely touches fruit, me neither.

DustBunnyFarmer Mon 23-Mar-15 17:48:49

What is your source for the stat in your title?

Beloved72 Mon 23-Mar-15 17:48:49

I suspect it's ANY veg.

Five a day counts all veg, frozen, tinned, dried etc. Just not potatoes.

Maliceaforethought Mon 23-Mar-15 17:49:10

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

IHaveBrilloHair Mon 23-Mar-15 17:50:28

Actually other than onions in the stovies there's no veg with tonight's meal, but tomorrow will have loads as it's spring veg stew, I just try and get a balance over the week.

Beloved72 Mon 23-Mar-15 17:51:30

My source - CBeebies this morning. and the Daily Wail

grin

Beloved72 Mon 23-Mar-15 17:52:21

apologiesfordailymaillink

Madeyemoodysmum Mon 23-Mar-15 17:53:32

Most days my son has veggies but occasiolly he doesn't.
Dd has veggies and fruit most days

Son hates fruit so its bloody hard work getting enough veg down him. I try

Hygellig Mon 23-Mar-15 17:55:24

It shocks me that I am a parent of a four-year-old vegetable-refuser. He will eat fruit but not vegetables and I don't know how to get him to eat a better diet short of force-feeding him. He loves planting, picking, shelling and cooking veg - just not eating it. His sister will eat nearly anything.

PinkTriangle Mon 23-Mar-15 17:56:00

I offer veg every day, it doesn't always get eaten though

RatOnnaStick Mon 23-Mar-15 17:56:08

That link is a year old.

slightlyglitterstained Mon 23-Mar-15 17:56:44

newfieldsorganics.com/survey-finds-only-20-of-uk-children-eat-vegetables-every-day/

Non dauly mail link

IgnoreMeEveryOtherReindeerDoes Mon 23-Mar-15 18:00:27

Sit down whilst you read my post

Not one vegetable passed mine or my child's lips today not even so much as a sniff of a carrot.

I could give you a list of vegetables we ate yesterday or list of fruit we ate today but I can't be bothered

ChipDip Mon 23-Mar-15 18:02:46

You are staggered? You really need to get out in the real world.

Totality22 Mon 23-Mar-15 18:09:22

I have the world's fussiest eater. I offer fruit and salad and veg (delete as appropriate) with every meal.... I have a child that doesn't even like chips or ice-cream so getting him to eat veg is a freaking nightmare!!!!

fatlazymummy Mon 23-Mar-15 18:11:04

My middle son doesn't eat very much veg, never has done, though he does normally have at least some. He's 18 now, and I honestly can't be arsed with trying to persuade him anymore.My daughter has plenty.
I've always tried to get my children to eat a healthy varied diet. The middle one is very fussy though.

Cantbelievethisishappening Mon 23-Mar-15 18:18:25

YABU. Why are you staggered?
This comment:
Are there really families where children get no vegetables with their evening meal or packed lunch/school lunch?
hmm

Yes... there are families where no fruit and veg is eaten daily.... not everyone is on board with the health benefits of fruit and veg. Fruit is also pretty expensive for some families. Veg can also be expensive unless you are able to get it from a market of live near Lidl or Aldi. Some families can be pretty chaotic so fruit and veg is probably pretty low on their list of priorities.

There are any number of reasons as to why a child is not getting fruit or veg at some point every day. Ive had none today and neither has my daughter.
Shocker.

WorraLiberty Mon 23-Mar-15 18:19:27

I don't eat veg every day and I didn't as a kid either.

I don't see a problem with that.

I've had a cheese and ham omelette with toast for dinner and for lunch I had a bacon sandwich.

I suspect I'll still be healthy tomorrow morning, or am I wrong? grin

bigkidsdidit Mon 23-Mar-15 18:21:13

It's the fact that the majority don't eat veg daily that's surprising I think. I can't imagine not eating fruit or veg with every meal, I don't really understand. I realise they are expensive, but the majority of children every day? Blimey.

thenextday Mon 23-Mar-15 18:22:36

I aim to get as many veg into my kids Sunday to Thursday as I can.
Friday and Saturdays they are out with mates, eating pizza and Nandos grin
But they've always loved veg. And fruit.

Purpleflamingos Mon 23-Mar-15 18:24:21

It's highly likely that by the end of any particular day I have one dc that hasn't had any veg and one dc that hasn't had any fruit. That's not to say it hasn't been served up to them or offered.

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