Over the past few years several reports have been published recommending voluntary changes in UK diet in the interests of health. Major recommendations include a reduction in the consumption of fat, sugar and salt and an increase in consumption of fibre. A survey conducted in ten secondary schools in Nottingham and involving 492 respondents showed that adolescents between the ages of 11 and 16 generally favoured a decrease in consumption of fat and sugar and an increased consumption of fibre. However only half of the sample thought that salt intake should be reduced. There were significant differences in response based on the age and sex of the respondents. Reduction in fat and sugar intakes was a particularly dominant attitude amongst older girls, and this may be due to their concern over appearance rather than their concern for health.
Lund, B.K., Gregson, K., Neale, R.J. and Tilston, C.H. (1990), "Dietary Awareness of Children: Specific Food Components", British Food Journal, Vol. 92 No. 8, pp. 23-27. https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000002326
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