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Last Updated: Thursday March 24 2005 17:35 GMT

What was diet like 30 years ago?

Thirty years ago you'd be likely to start your day with a bowl of cornflakes with full fat milk and a piece of toast
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Thirty years ago you'd be likely to start your day with a bowl of cornflakes with full fat milk and a piece of toast
But these days if you bother at all with breakfast you're more likely to eat sugary cereal with semi-skimmed milk and orange juice, or snack on chocolate on the way to school
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But these days if you bother at all with breakfast you're more likely to eat sugary cereal with semi-skimmed milk and orange juice, or snack on chocolate on the way to school.
And while children used to walk to school, these days parents just want to make sure you get there safely, so you're more likely to go by car, meaning you're less active
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And while children used to walk to school, these days parents just want to make sure you get there safely, so you're more likely to go by car, meaning you're less active.
In the 1970s lunch in the school canteen would be Shepherd's pie, mashed potato, carrots and peas with rice pudding. Now you're more likely to be tucking into higher fat pizza and chips.
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In the 1970s lunch in the school canteen would be Shepherd's pie, mashed potato, carrots and peas with rice pudding. Now you're more likely to be tucking into higher fat pizza and chips.
These days you get loads of homework to do, where as 30 years ago you might have taken the dog for walk or played with your mates, which could burn off 450 calories an hour
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These days you get loads of homework to do, where as 30 years ago you might have taken the dog for walk or played with your mates, which could burn off 450 calories an hour.
A typical kid's evening meal in the 1970s was a round of sandwiches with meat paste and cucumber, some cake or a piece of fruit and a cup of tea, which was about 510 calories
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A typical kid's evening meal in the 1970s was a round of sandwiches with meat paste and cucumber, some cake or a piece of fruit and a cup of tea, which was about 510 calories.
Whereas now you're quite likely to tuck into a ready meal like lasagne, garlic bread, chocolate biscuits and a glass of milk - a total of 766 calories
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Whereas now you're quite likely to tuck into a ready meal like lasagne, garlic bread, chocolate biscuits and a glass of milk - a total of 766 calories.
And now that half of you have a TV or computer console in your bedroom, you're likely to settle down to watch four hours of TV after supper
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And now that half of you have a TV or computer console in your bedroom, you're likely to settle down to watch four hours of TV after supper.


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