Are Your Kids’ Eating Habits Getting Worse?

Illustration by Aaron Leighton

Have your kids had their fruits and veggies today?

According to a survey of nearly 1,200 parents by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, one-third fewer kids ages 6 to 12 are eating the daily recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables compared to 10 years ago. Combined with a 10 percent decline in physical activity, especially in the winter months, this could result in a generation of kids that will experience a shorter lifespan than their parents due to the risk of developing life-threatening diseases such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, say the foundation’s experts.

While only 1 in 8 kids are meeting Canada’s Food Guide‘s recommended minimum for fruits and vegetables, half of the parents surveyed reported their kids were eating whole grains (up from 33 percent 10 years ago) and junk food consumption has remained consistent at about twice a week.

So how does your family stack up?

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