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Nutritious Noshing: The Results of the Healthy Eating Survey

Nutritious Noshing: The Results of the Healthy Eating Survey



Many teens don't get their five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. But it looks like you iEmily girls are trying to be a healthy bunch. While you don't always eat right, you do most of the time, and for the most part you care about good nutrition and healthful eating.

Thanks for expressing your opinions in the iEmily healthy eating survey. See below to find out how you voted on all the questions we asked and come back to iEmily often to take more interesting surveys.

Many of you skip breakfast, which is the most important meal of the day to maintain energy and to keep you from overeating. Here's how you generally describe your daily eating habits:
I often skip breakfast, but eat lunch and dinner: 36%
The Three Squares—breakfast lunch and dinner: 35%
I'm Queen of the Mini-Meals—I eat 5 or 6 small meals every few hours: 17%
I skip most meals so when I do eat I'm usually starving!: 12%

Most of you think of your good health as the main reason for eating right. Here's what motivates you to eat a healthy diet:
It's easier to maintain my weight and I have more energy: 44%
I'm an athlete so I think of food as fuel: 21%
Are you kidding? Pizza and french fries are my life!: 16%
My parents—I can't leave can't leave the table until I eat all my broccoli: 10%
My friends—they're always watching what they eat: 9%

Healthy eating is pretty important to you all, but you don't get crazy about it. Here's how you rated the importance of eating well:
Somewhat—I think about what I nosh on but I don't obsess about it. 68%
Very—I carefully plan my meals each day to hit each group in the Food Pyramid. 19%
Not very—I don't give it much thought; I eat whatever I want whenever I want it! 13%

Most of you don't eat five servings of fruits and veggies per day. Here's how often you do eat them:
Sometimes—I'll throw an apple into my lunch bag or grab a salad from the caf: 41%
Almost always—I try to eat at least two servings of fruit or salad a day: 24%
Always—I love my fruits and veggies: 15%
Almost never—I don't like the way they taste but I'll choke something down occasionally: 14%
Never—It's not really that important to me: 6%

Your favorite way to get fruit is the best way. Here's how you like your daily dose:
Fresh from the produce aisle: 47%
As juice—a carton, can, or bottle: 35%
Smoothies or frozen juice bars: 10%
Fruit roll-ups or gummies: 6%
Dried fruit: 2%

Most of you are into crunching your way through some fresh ones in order to get your daily servings of veggies. This is how you like to eat 'em:
Salad, salad, and more salad!: 45%
Raw and crunchy (can't get enough of those baby carrots!): 27%
Steamed and on the side: 17%
Does ketchup on my burger count?: 8%
Batter-dipped and deep-fried: 3%

Snack time doesn't always include a piece of fruit, but it's still pretty healthy. This is what you eat to handle a snack attack:
35%: A handful of pretzels (not fruit, but not bad)
23%: A candy bar (uh oh! Not a healthy snack choice)
21%: A piece of fruit (good for you!)
10%: Fast food fries (you're heading into the danger zone!)
11%: I don't snack (a girl cannot live on 3 meals alone!)

Got the movie munchies? Here's what you reach for:
48% said popcorn (with extra butter!) and a box of Sour Patch Kids
20% said nothing—after paying for the ticket there's not enough cash left for snacks!
15% said diet soda and nachos.
13% said bottled water and Twizzlers.
4% said healthy snacks smuggled in from home.

Last Modified Date: 3/15/2001