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Most Kids, Especially Younger Ones, Are Eating Their Fruits and Veggies — Physician’s First Watch

Medical News |
July 17, 2014

Most Kids, Especially Younger Ones, Are Eating Their Fruits and Veggies

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM

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.

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