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Girls outstrip boys in eating junk-food

india Updated: Oct 03, 2006 12:11 IST
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While people generally consider girls to be the more-diet conscious of the two sexes, a recent study shows that they scoff more calorific food than boys.

The survey of children and parents, by dried fruit firm Whitworths, found that many kids eat crisps, chocolate or biscuits for 'breakfast,' with girls taking the lion's share.

The findings revealed that pupils of both sexes spend a massive 2 billion pounds a year on junk food during term time, and girls spend 400 million pounds more than boys.

While girls spend 1,219million pounds, boys fork out 797million pounds.

Health experts have raised concern over the recent trend, as with youngsters becoming less active, there are fears over an obesity crisis in the UK.

“We often hear of girls striving to emulate skinny role models, but it’s clear that the majority fill the hunger gap during the school day by eating far too many high-sugar and salty snacks,” the Sun quoted children’s nutrition doctor Sarah Brewer, as saying.

A recent Government report predicted that one million children would be obese by 2010, with 19 per cent of boys and 33 per cent of girls severely overweight. “The statistics are very worrying,” said Whitworths’ David Smith.