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February 11, 2010

Teenage girls 'live on junk food'

Teenage girls 're eating a worse diet than they did ten years ago & putting their long-term health at risk, a national nutrition survey suggests.

Only 7% of teenage girls eat enough fruit & vegetablesGirls of secondary school age are not only living on junk food such as crisps, cakes, biscuits & fizzy drinks, but they 're also smoking & drinking more than boys.
The pattern of consumption suggests that many girls 're being influenced by fashion models. However, while girls aim to be slim, the study found that 37% of teenage girls 're overweight & 22% 're classified as obese. Among boys of the same age, 35% 're overweight but only 16% 're obese.

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