Most people 'fail to eat their five-a-day'We're not eating enough fruit and veg

21 September 2007

 

Two thirds of people across the UK are not eating the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, a poll found today.

A Cancer Research UK survey of more than 4,000 people revealed just 34% were eating the recommended amount.

More people in the South, East Anglia and Wales kept up with the healthy eating compared with those in the Midlands, North, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Almost half (46%) of residents in the South West reached the target compared with 27% in some parts of the North and the Midlands.

In Northern Ireland, just 17% were getting their five-a-day.

Obesity

Studies have shown that around a quarter of all cancer deaths could be caused by unhealthy diets and obesity.

Poor diet is linked to many cancers, including stomach, bowel, mouth and foodpipe.

A healthy diet reduces the risk of cancer as well as protecting against other conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and obesity.

Sara Hiom, Cancer Research UK's director of health information, said: 'This lack of fruit and vegetables in the majority of diets across the UK is worrying.

'We know that the food we eat has a big influence on our health. We should all be eating more fruit and veg.'

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