Consumption of fruits and vegetables among adolescents: a multi-national comparison of eleven countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

M. F. Al Ani, L. K. Al Subhi, S. Bose

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Regional cross-country profile of fruit and vegetable (F&V) consumption is lacking in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). This study examines the prevalence and differences of consuming F&V ≥5 times/d among adolescents in eleven EMR countries, and also describes differences in the proportions of taking F&V ≥5 times/d by sex, age and BMI. The study included 26 328 school adolescents (13-15 years) with complete data on consumption of F&V, age, sex, weight and height taken from the Global School-based Student Health Survey conducted in the EMR between 2005 and 2009. Overall, only 19·4 % of adolescents reported consuming F&V ≥5 times/d. The highest prevalence was reported in Djibouti (40·4 %) and the lowest was reported in Pakistan (10·0 %). Statistically significant differences in prevalence were observed across countries (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1092-1099
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Nutrition
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Mar 28 2016



  • Adolescents
  • Cross-country comparison
  • Eastern Mediterranean Region
  • EMR Eastern Mediterranean Region
  • F&V fruits and vegetables
  • Fruit and vegetable consumption
  • Global School-based Student Health Survey
  • GSHS Global School-based Student Health Survey
  • NCD non-communicable diseases

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  • Medicine(all)

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