Research shows children who eat well are happier

New research show that teenagers who eat a healthier diet and exercise regularly are happier than their peers. The Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex has shown that:
– higher consumption of fruit and vegetables, and lower intake of crisps, sweets and fizzy drinks were associated with greater happiness.
– the more hours of sport or physical activity teenagers do per week, the happier they are
– between the ages of 13 and 15, teenagers diets typically become less healthy and participation in exercise decreases, as they gain more autonomy over lifestyle choices.
– only 11% of 13-15 year olds reported reaching 5-a-day, and even in 10-12 year olds, only 20% reported reaching their daily fruit and vegetable targets.

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