Three-quarters of children not getting five a day

Britain's children are facing a future of poor health because they are eating junk food and not getting enough exercise, a leading health charity has found.

The report by the British Heart Foundation and Oxford University found:

  • Over three-quarters (80 percent) of children aged five to 15 are not getting their recommended five portions of fruit and veg a day.
  • Around two in five 13-year-olds (39 percent of girls and 43 percent of boys) drink a soft drink every day.
  • At least 85 percent of girls and 73 percent of 13-year-old boys do not do an hour of physical activity every day.
  • Almost three-quarters of 13-year-olds (68 percent of girls and 74 percent of boys) watch at least two hours of TV on a weekday.
  • A quarter of children under 15 spend at least six hours every weekend day being inactive.