Blame parents, educators or television, but one thing is certain – British school children struggle with basic health and nutrition facts.
According to the Daily Mail, results from a quiz from exam revision service Education Quizzes found that one in 14 – 7 percent – of school children in the United Kingdom were unaware that cheese is a dairy product. One third of the students also didn’t know that fruit and vegetables provide essential vitamins and fiber.
Recently, Education Quizzes asked quizzed 1.6 million children between the ages of 7 and 16, which showed a disconnect between students and common food and health information.
It wasn’t just dairy or vegetables that perplexed the students. Nearly one-fifth of the children were confused when asked to indentify sources of protein, such as meat and fish.
Twenty-nine percent of the students didn’t know the benefits the cardiovascular exercise, and more than half didn’t know that drinking alcohol can damage the liver.
“These findings should serve as an extra incentive for parents looking to kick start a healthy regime as their kids head back to school.” Colin King, co-founder of Education Quizzes, said. "Despite health and food appearing on the PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) and science syllabuses, clearly we're failing. Not only are we seeing more inactive children, but too many are also fundamentally clueless when it comes to the basic facts about health.
Surprisingly, the results did show that school children were “comparatively savvy” about food hygiene. More than 90 percent of them knew to separate chopping boards for raw and cooked foods to prevent the spread of bacteria, and 84 percent new that good hygiene prevents food poisoning.
A similar report last year found that adults were even more disconnected from their food.
In that survey, 40 percent of British didn’t know that cows produce milk, and 36 percent were unaware that bacon comes from pigs. Among the adults, 58 percent knew where butter comes from, but 2 percent thought it was produced by either pigs or chickens.