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14 May 2014 - The Guardian - Too much sugar, salt and fat: healthy eating still eluding many Britons

Sarah Boseley

Public Health England highlights sugary teen diet and national struggle with fruit and vegetables revealed in nutrition survey

The UK population is still eating far too much sugar, fat and salt, with people falling short of the five-a-day fruit and vegetable portions that have been recommended by health experts.
Public Health England, releasing data for all of the UK, said it was clear that a lot more needed to be done to improve the British diet.
"The data released today provides compelling evidence that we all need to make changes to our diet to improve our health, especially for teenagers," said Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at PHE.
The sugar load of children and young people was particularly high, she said.

The data comes from the latest edition of the National Diet and Nutrition Survey. Every year a 1,000-strong sample representative of the population of the entire UK is surveyed. The latest publication incorporates findings from 2008/9 to 2011/12.