Coronavirus: Snacks and family meals, increase lock

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Christina Adane campaign of more free school meals has been backed by Marcus Rashford


The changes in the young people, dietary habits, followed for the locking of England, to show both increases in snacks and families to eat together.

The researchers found that 60% of young people thought more shared family meals were found to be positive for the health and well-being.

The young people in the study said that they wanted to keep meals together.

The research, Guy’s and St Thomas ‘ Charity and the Bite Back in 2030 the healthy diet of the charity, has studied more than 1,000 14-19 year olds.

The youth co-chair of the Bite to Back 2030 is Christina Adane, the 16-year-old Londoner who has set up the petition for free school meals during the summer holidays, that football player Marcus Rashford supported.

“I don’t want to be the victims end fast-food advertisements and celebrities endorsing stuff that everyone knows it is bad for us,” said Ms. Adane.

“I want to be part of a world where our health is the priority of the food industry. ”

The study of lock-in of eat found contrasting trends for more unhealthy snacks, such as “grazing” on chips and chocolate, but also more shared meals that families spent more time together at home.

It has also been a widening of the social divide in good health, and a poor diet.

The report describes the snacks as “the biggest negative consequence” of eating habits in the course of the pandemic, with an increase of 40% in snacks.

Young people in poorer families were more likely to have a snack, less likely to eat fruits and vegetables ” as their counterparts in the richest.

“Some days I don’t eat much at all as I am not hungry, but the other I snack more on things like chocolate, that I didn’t as much before,” a 16-year-old girl told the researchers.

But there was also a trend for more home-cooked food and families eating in a way that was generally not possible.

“Food during this period has allowed me to reconnect with my family, we worked together and enjoying meals together. I would like to continue to do so, ” said a 19-year-old young woman in the study.

“I think I want to continue to eat with my family, really make an effort for that, as we do not have the habit of doing this, and it is nice to sit together and eat “, an 18-year-old said the researchers.

This increase in shared meal times during the cell isolation was higher in better-off families – although there was also an increase in underprivileged families, too.

And most young people have seen what a more healthy and more sociable.

Sarah Hickey, childhood obesity program director at Guy’s and St Thomas ‘ Charity, said that it showed the social divide in the field of nutrition worsened during the lockout.

“Even before the pandemic, the families of the food options were strongly shaped by where they lived, and their socio-economic background,” she said.

“This research shows that the gap of inequalities of access to nutritious foods has been further extended by the Covid-19 lock. “

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