Food: Now and Then - Young People's Food Choices

Food: Now and Then - Young People's Food Choices

750,000 young people, between the ages of 10 and 15 tell us about healthy eating and weight control.  This report has data from the latest snapshot from SHEU's Health-Related Behaviour Questionnaire (HRBQ) with some fascinating trend information, some going back to 1983 a generation ago.  So, some of our original subjects in the 1980s have probably had children who have contributed to the findings in 2010. Topics cover breakfast, lunch, attitudes to weight, food preferences, drinking water, snacking and considering healthy food options.

For example:
Not having schoolday lunch - Do male or female 14-15 yr olds consistently report, since 1986, no lunch?
Data from 1986 show an upward trend with a consistently high percentage from 14-15 year old females who report not having schoolday lunch.
An example chart and more details from SHEU's e-report ‘Food: Now and Then - Young People’s Food Choices’




Comments about SHEU

"I have valued greatly the work I have done with the team in Exeter, it has been a highlight of my years here." Health Promotion Specialist

Health Promotion Specialist

"The Schools Health Education Unit has gained a reputation as one of the most reliable sources of information about young people's health." BBC


"...the most comprehensive health education survey."

Daily Telegraph

"I have never looked at myself in this way before." Pupil


"I would like to say that this survey was very useful and made me realise things about PE and health that I had never realised before......Food at school is groovy, especially if your school does Jamie Olivers School Dinners. Viva apples and thanks for the survey." Female pupil, 13 yrs old

Female pupil, 13yrs

"The (named) Children and Young People's Partnership has benefitted from the results of the SHEU survey locally for many years now, and we should like to continue to do so in future."

Consultant in Public Health Medicine

"Our use of the Health-Related Behaviour Questionnaire was commended as part of our accreditation for the National Healthy Schools Scheme." Headteacher

"Your work in developing the Health Related Behaviour Survey was ground breaking and has continued to evolve." Tribute from a Director of Public Health to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

"I very much value the contribution the Health Related Behaviour Survey has made to the public health agenda and feel confident it will continue to do so." Tribute from a Director of Public Health to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Director of Public Health

"On behalf of all the health promoters in Scotland I would like to say a big thank to you and your colleagues for your excellent work over the years. This includes not only your survey work but your role as a visiting examiner in Scotland and adviser on course development."
Tribute from a Health Commissioner to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Health Commissioner