Most Kids, Especially Younger Ones, Are Eating Their Fruits and Veggies — Physician’s First Watch
Most Kids, Especially Younger Ones, Are Eating Their Fruits and Veggies
By Amy Orciari Herman
Over 75% of youth aged 2 to 19 years consume fruit — and over 90% consume vegetables — on a given day, according to findings from the CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2009-2010.
Based on data from a single 24-hour dietary recall interview, the survey also found that fruit consumption declined with age: 92% of children aged 2 to 5 years ate fruit on a given day, versus just 66% of those aged 12 to 19. Vegetable consumption decreased only slightly with age, from 93% of children aged 2 to 5 years to 90% of those aged 12 to 19.
If you choose to see the glass half empty, however, the numbers mean that roughly one quarter of kids don't eat fruit on a given day, and nearly 10% don't consume vegetables regularly. If any of your patients are steering clear of the produce aisle, we've provided a link to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2010 dietary guidance below.