They looked at almost 2,000 ethnically diverse nine and 10-year-olds from 85 primary schools, to see what kind of foods they were consuming. The children’s health was also assessed, including their weight, body fat composition and blood pressure. Blood samples were taken to check their cholesterol levels.
The study found that 28% of the children consumed takeaway meals at least once a week, while 46% said they ate them less than once a week. The remainder – 26% – said they never ate them.
Boys tended to eat takeaways meals more than girls, as did children from poorer areas.