Area deprivation, screen time and high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) consumption in young people

Researches in the United Kingdom carried out an online cross-sectional survey to investigate associations between deprivation in young people (aged 11-19 years) and consumption of HFSS foods and drinks, screen time exposure and health knowledge. The study assessed consumption behaviours for 13 HFSS products (biscuits and cakes, chips, confectionary, crisps, desserts, energy drinks, flavoured yoghurts, milk-based drinks, ready meals, sugary drinks, sweetened cereal and takeaways) and two non-HFSS products (fruit and vegetables).

Results showed:

  • Deprivation level was associated with increased consumption of six of the HFSS products including energy drinks and sugary drinks and a reduction in consumption in the two non-HFSS products, fruit and vegetables.
  • Deprivation was associated with high (21 hours or more a week) weekly screen time of both television and streaming.
  • Deprivation was associated with lower awareness of the relationship between obesity and cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The findings suggest that inequalities in rates of obesity in young people in the UK may be linked to knowledge and behaviours driven by key aspects of an obesogenic environment.

Posted: 13/08/2019 12:55:19 by Deirdre Brennan
Filed under: Health knowledge, HFSS, Obesity, Screen time, Young people


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