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revised October 15, 2015
Student Health 2005: Gauging the health of Peel's youth

Arrow BulletEating Habits
  • In general, vegetable and fruit consumption was low. One in every two (49%) students did not eat raw or cooked vegetables every day and more than one in three (39%) did not eat canned or fresh fruit every day. Only 6% of students overall reported they ate raw or cooked vegetables three or more times a day and 10% of students reported they ate canned or fresh fruit three or more times a day.
  • Less-nutritious foods, including cookies and chocolate bars, were often consumed on a daily basis. One in four students ate cookies (24%) or candy/chocolate bars (26%) every day.
  • Seventy-seven per cent of Grade 7 students drank milk, which is an excellent source of calcium as well as vitamins D, A and B12, at least once a day. However, milk consumption declined by grade.
  • Sugar-sweetened beverages were popular among students. More than one-half (52%) of students reported they drank sugar-sweetened beverages including Coke™, Sprite™, Fruitopia™ or Snapple™ at least once a day and 28% indicated they drank these beverages at least twice a day.
  • Breakfast is an important start to the day but fewer than half (49%) of students ate breakfast every day.

Chapter 2 - Eating Habits, Body Weight and Physical Activity (PDF 158KB, 40 pages)

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