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Eating for Health Survey

Eating for health? A survey of attitudes, awareness and eating habits among adults in Northern Ireland

  • The Health Promotion Agency, as part of its work on the Food and Nutrition Strategy, commissioned research in 2001, to obtain information on eating patterns among 5-75 year olds in Northern Ireland.
  • The results of attitudes, awareness and eating habits among adults in Northern Ireland were compared  to the Balance of Good Health plate.

Key Findings

  • 21% respondents followed the 5 A Day message.
  • 11% did not eat any fruit or vegetables on a daily basis.
  • 14% ate one portion per day.
  • Females, younger people and non-manual higher income households were better informed.
  • People from lower socio-economic groups ate less healthily.
  • Confusion in lower socio-economic groups about what is and isn’t healthy food.

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