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Risk: Unhealthy Diets

The diet of the population of Trinidad and Tobago is deficient in fruits and vegetables...

The results of the STEPS survey confirmed that the diet of the population of Trinidad and Tobago is deficient in fruits and vegetables. Ninety percent (90%) of the population have less than five servings of fruit and vegetables daily. With respect to the diet of children, the 2007 GSHS revealed that overall, 51.6% of students usually drank sugar sweetened carbonated soft drinks two or three times per day.

The 2011 GSHS found that the number had increased to 74.6% of students drinking sugar sweetened carbonated beverages within the past 30 days. This, accompanied by the finding from the Evaluation of School Meals options that among the frequently consumed foods, there was an overabundance of staples (carbohydrate rich foods) and a scarcity of fresh fruits or vegetables offered to children in school settings, indicates that unhealthy eating practices continue to be a source of concern amongst our children.