Children aged 5 to 15 who eat five or more portions of fruit and vegetables per day

Source: NHS Digital

Base: Children aged 5-15

In 2018, 18% of children aged 5 to 15 ate five standard portions. For children, the advice is that they should eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables a day, but that portion size may vary with age, body size and levels of physical activity.

The 2019 survey did not ask adults and children about their fruit and vegetable consumption, so 2018 data are the most recent available. 

The UK’s ‘five-a-day’ guidelines were developed based on a World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation that consuming 400g of fruit and vegetables per day can reduce risks of chronic diseases, e.g. heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. The ‘five-a-day’ guidelines state that everyone should eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. 

Year-on-year fluctuations may not indicate real changes and can be within the margins of sampling error. We comment only on the changes that are more likely to reflect a real change.


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Children’s average number of portions of fruit and vegetables per day, aged 5 to 15

Source: NHS Digital

Base: Children aged 5-15

In 2018, on average, children aged 5 to 15 ate 3.0 standard portions of fruit and vegetables per day.

The 2019 survey did not ask adults and children about their fruit and vegetable consumption, so 2018 data are the most recent available.

Year-on-year fluctuations may not indicate real changes and can be within the margins of sampling error. We comment only on the changes that are more likely to reflect a real change.


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