Who: children and adolescents in Europe switched to more healthy food

ВОЗ: дети и подростки в Европе перешли на более здоровое питание

European school-age children in most European countries began to adopt a more healthy diet than in 2014. On average, they were eating more fruits and vegetables and drink less sugary drinks, the study by the world health organization (who).

The most positive changes have occurred in the Czech Republic and Slovenia, where children with a sufficient amount of vegetables and fruits in the diet has increased by 10-11%. And the absolute record for daily consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits were the Belgians – such a diet is 75% of girls and 65% boys in Belgium.

Meanwhile, despite the positive trend, while only 52% of children and adolescents in Europe every day eat at least one serving (100 grams) of raw fruits or vegetables.

Sweet drinks now drink daily only 16% of children and adolescents: it is 5% less than in 2014, notes evropul’s.

Diet children from more affluent families is improving faster; this applies to both fruits and vegetables in the daily diet, and refraining from unnecessary sugar.

The who study was conducted in 50 European countries, including all EU countries.

European countries deliberately improve the diet of school-age children. For example, in schools of Valencia (Spain) 2017 vending machines in schools sell fruits and low-fat yoghurt instead of cakes, and Portugal introduced a special tax on soda, which the country decreased the consumption of sugar among students and among adults. These and other measures included in the strategy of the European Union on the fight against obesity in children and adolescents.