Couples who have to take care of themselves eat more fruit and vegetables than families with children, according to a new British study. Researchers from the University of Reading found that parents were more likely to consume unhealthy foods than childless couples.
Contrary to all logic, levels of fruit and vegetable consumption decline with the presence of children, says Prof Richard Tiffin of the research team. It turns out that couples with children buy less meat and more dairy products, cereals and potatoes. People on low incomes are more likely to make poor food choices, adds Prof Tiffin. Households that have high expenses tend to consume proportionately more meat, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables, the research shows.
It is well known that the habits of parents are passed on to children. The food that adolescents eat has a significant impact on their health later in life, the study authors point out.