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The Scottish Health Survey: Volume 1: Main Report

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Table 5.8 Summary of children's eating habits, 2003, 2008/2009, by sex

Aged 2-15
2003, 2008/2009 combined

Food type and frequency
of consumption

Boys

Girls

All children

2003

2008/2009

2003

2008/2009

2003

2008/2009

%

%

%

%

%

%

Eats oily fish once a week or more

8

13

8

13

8

13

Eats white fish once a week or more

45

52

39

46

42

49

Eats tuna fish once a week or more

29

28

37

36

33

32

Eats red meat 2+ times a week

55

59

52

56

53

57

Eats meat products 2+ times a week

48

42

39

32

43

38

Drinks skimmed/semi-skimmed milk

51

54

50

58

51

56

Sweets or chocolates once a day or more

57

52

60

53

59

53

Biscuits once a day or more

51

44

45

41

48

42

Cakes 2+ times a week

31

33

28

31

30

32

Ice-cream once a week or more

58

54

57

55

58

54

Non-diet soft drinks once a day or more

46

38

43

36

44

37

Crisps once a day or more

50

36

53

35

52

36

Eats chips 2+ times a week

55

41

53

39

54

40

Eats potatoes, pasta, rice 5+ times a week

48

54

51

54

50

54

Eats 2-3 slices of high fibre bread a day a

16

35

13

35

14

35

Eats high fibre cereal 5-6 times a week

27

n/a

22

n/a

25

n/a

Eats high fibre/low sugar cereal 5-6 times a week

n/a

28

n/a

27

n/a

28

Bases (weighted): b

1511

1939

1440

1842

2957

3783

Bases (unweighted):

1459

1917

1461

1855

2924

3771

a The question wording about bread types changed in 2008 which resulted in a much higher prevalence of high fibre/white hybrid bread types. These figures are therefore not directly comparable
b Bases vary: the smallest of the range is presented and may be marginally higher for some food items