Half of British parents have '˜given up' trying to get their kids to eat their '˜five-a-day'

Half of British mums and dads have ‘given up’ trying to get their kids to eat their ‘five-a-day’, according to new research.

A poll of 2,000 parents with children up to age 10 also found 41 per cent had ditched trying to get greens into their kids’ diets completely.

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Twenty-nine per cent have lost patience trying to get their youngsters to eat a healthy diet, with one in five saying they had given up because they were tired or in a rush.

A shocking five per cent admitted they simply don’t think it’s important for their children to get their five-a-day.

The initiative aims to help parents inspire their kids to eat a little bit healthier and tackle a global issue of childhood obesity.

Donald Shepherd, Marketing Director Beko UK, said: “Our research shows that the battle to achieve a balanced diet continues and it’s as challenging as ever for some mums and dads to get fruit and vegetables into their little ones.

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“It’s been widely reported that in the UK, 25% of two to 10-year-olds and one third of 10 to 15-year-olds are overweight or obese.

“One of the challenges that has come out of this new research, is that 27 per cent of parents say that they need more exciting recipes that include fruit and vegetables, to help them achieve getting their kids to eat five-a-day.

Matter of taste

In addition, three quarters of parents surveyed admitted they struggled to feed their youngsters fruit and vegetables, with one in 10 stating fresh food goes off before they have a chance to eat it.

And 28 per cent of children avoid their veggies because they simply don’t like the taste.

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Ironically, it would seem the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree with parents getting just three portions of fruit and veg daily themselves.

As a result, six in 10 have resorted to ‘tricking’ their children into eating their veggies such as hiding them in other foods or bribing them.

It is fair to say parents are giving it their best shot, with 85 per cent explaining the value of a healthy diet to their little ones, but just half think their wise words actually have an impact.

One in five said their kids’ friends have the most influence on their choice of foods, with an equal number in agreement their school plays the biggest part.

Generation gap

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Mums and dads admitted to first ‘giving up’ on getting greens in their kids at the tender age of four, but nearly one third confessed to exaggerating their veggie feeding endeavours to keep up appearances.

Seven in 10 parents have confessed to battling with their youngsters to try and get them to eat their greens when they don’t want to.

Other popular battles mums and dads face with their kids are tidying up, screen-time allowance and doing chores around the house.

Unsurprisingly, the research also found Brussels sprouts to be the most disliked veg followed by cabbage and mushrooms, with apples, strawberries and carrots taking the lead as the most popular.

The research was commissioned by home appliance manufacturer Beko to celebrate the launch of its new ‘Eat Like A Pro’ campaign in partnership with FC Barcelona.