Chapter 5 Diet
In 2018, 22% of adults met the 5-a-day recommendation, which is fairly consistent with results since 2003. 10% did not consume any fruit or vegetables on previous day.
15% of children met the 5-a-day recommendation. 10% of children did not consume any fruit or vegetables on previous day.
Average consumption of fruit and vegetables has also remained fairly constant since 2008.
- Adults 3.2 portions
- Children 2.8 portions
Non-diet soft drink consumption has fallen considerably for both adults and children.
In 2018, 10% of adults consumed sugary drinks every day, down from 20% in 2016.
In 2017/2018, 16% of children aged 2-15 consumed non-diet soft drinks daily, down from 35% in 2015/2016 and 38-39% in the years 2008/2009 to 2013/2014.
Adult consumption of biscuits (at least once a day) and of cakes (two or more times a week) has been declining since 2014.
- 31% in 2014
- 27% in 2018
- 34% in 2014
- 31% in 2018
9% of adults experienced food insecurity in 2018 (as defined by being worried during the past 12 months that they would run out of food due to lack of money or resources).
6% of all adults also said they had eaten less than they should for this reason, while 3% of adults said that they had actually run out of food because of a lack of resources.
In 2017/2018, the household types most likely to have experienced food insecurity were single parents and adults below the age of 65 living alone:
- 25% of single parents
- 21% of adults aged under 65 living alone
In 2017/2018, 16% of adults in the most deprived areas reported being worried about running out of food, compared with 4% in the least deprived areas.
In 2017/2018, mental wellbeing was substantially lower for those reporting food insecurity: mean WEMWBS score of 42.2 compared with 50.3 for other adults.