Taipei, July 24 (CNA) A third of students in Taiwan frequently eat out at night and prefer noodles, braised pork with rice, and french fries for dinner, according to a survey released Tuesday
Thirty-one percent of elementary and junior high school students do not have a home-cooked meal for dinner, and about 33 percent eat alone, according to the survey conducted by the Child Welfare League Foundation to track the eating habits of school children.
The survey also found that 75 percent of school children do not eat fruits at dinner every day, while 43 percent do not eat vegetables on a daily basis.
Meanwhile, 30 percent consume more than one bottle of sugared beverage per day, and 32 percent eat fried foods more than once per week, the poll found.
The survey also showed that 61 percent of school children eat out at breakfast, favoring sandwiches, egg pancakes and rice balls.
A common dietary problem discovered among the respondents is an insufficient intake of fruits and vegetables and the consumption of too much junk food, which could lead to health problems such as fatty liver disease and diabetes, the union said.
It suggested that parents try to cook at least three meals a week, eat with their children and see that their children get at least five different types of fruit and vegetables per day.
The survey was conducted April 9-20 among 1,428 students in fifth to eighth grade. It had a confidence level of 98 percent and a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
(By Hsu Chih-wei and Scully Hsiao)