Children thrive without their greens

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 01 April 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:823

Preschool children in Britain today are taller and often heavier than those in the late 1960s, according to a new government survey. But the survey, billed as “the most detailed ever undertaken,” shows that today's under 5s manage to achieve this growth in spite of eating too many of the “wrong” foods.

The survey studied a sample of 1675 children aged 1 to 4 years over a four day period. During this time more than 70% of the children consumed biscuits, white bread, nondiet soft drinks, whole milk, savoury snacks, potatoes, chocolates, and chips. Small quantities of leafy green vegetables were eaten by only 39%, while less than a quarter of the children ate …

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