Previous patterns have suggested that many girls of secondary school age are influenced by fashion models. However, the preliminary findings found that 37 per cent of teenage girls are overweight and 22 per cent are classified as obese. Among boys of the same age, 35 per cent are overweight but only 16 per cent are obese.
The study also found that girls of this age are not only eating far more junk food such as crisps, biscuits and fizzy drinks than boys, but they are also out smoking and out drinking them.
Despite the Food Standards Agency and the Department of Health trying to promote healthy living, it would seem that only 7 per cent of girls are consuming the recommended “five a day” portions of fruit and vegetables and average consumption only stands at 2.8 percent.
Junk food does not provide pubescent girls with enough iron, a deficiency which could eventually lead to anaemia causing chronic fatigue and lethargy and is linked to some women failing to become pregnant.
Only 1 per cent of boys admitted to drinking alcohol on a weekly basis, this is compared with eleven per cent of girls. The study also found a staggering 29 per cent of girls aged 13 to 15 said they smoked cigarettes compared with 16 per cent of boys.
Upon analysis of the participants food diary’s, it was found that the average teenage girl eats 54 grams of chips or fried potatoes everyday compared to just 40 grams for the average women and between 19 and 65.