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Table 4 Dietary habits of the SPEEDY sample, as measured with food frequency questionnaire (numbers in cells are percentage of children reporting to consume the food type at least once a day)

From: Physical activity and dietary behaviour in a population-based sample of British 10-year old children: the SPEEDY study (Sport, Physical activity and Eating behaviour: Environmental Determinants in Young people)

  Boys Girls Total
Fruit 51.6 61.1* 56.8
Vegetables 44.8 54.1* 49.9
Sweets 18.4 12.1* 14.9
Chocolate 18.6 14.2* 16.2
Sugary soft drinks (e.g. coke) 16.1 9.3* 12.4
Diet soft drinks 16.2 11.7* 13.8
Skimmed/semi-skimmed milk 54.1 51.0 52.4
Whole fat milk 15.6 13.2 14.3
Cheese 17.4 16.4 16.9
Breakfast cereals 60.1 51.9* 55.6
White bread 44.0 41.7 42.7
Brown bread 22.3 20.0 21.0
Crisps 24.1 20.5 22.1
Chips 7.8 5.3* 6.4
Fruit juices 54.5 54.9 54.7
  1. Differences between boys and girls tested with Pearson Chi-square.
  2. *: differences between boys and girls at p < 0.05