Parents/carers! Share your views on children’s food during COVID-19

Parents/carers! Share your views on children’s food during COVID-19

Children’s Food Campaign and Food Active have launched a new survey with parents to find out how being in lockdown during Covid-19 has affected children’s eating habits, preferences and interest in food.

The Coronavirus emergency has thrown up all sorts of new challenges for feeding our children whilst in lockdown. We have yet again joined forces with the Children’s Food Campaign to find out how children’s eating habits and preferences have been affected during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Recent research by the Obesity Health Alliance confirmed that for adults, many have increased the amount of home cooking and the amount of fruit and veg they are eating. However it also showed many adults have been eating more takeaways, savoury snacks, biscuits, cakes and sweets.

So what about our children? That’s what Children’s Food Campaign and Food Active are now setting out to understand by asking parents themselves.

Our 10 minute survey gives parents and carers an opportunity to share:

  • what their children have been eating more or less of, from fruit and veg, to takeaways or home cooking, snacks and biscuits, water or sugary drinks.
  • any notable changes in their children’s attitudes to food and cooking.
  • what has been easiest and most difficult in terms of keeping children eating a balanced, healthy and nutritious diet.
  • any new junk food marketing and advertising tactics they’ve spotted, given the increase in TV and online viewing by many children.

If you are the parent or carer of children under the age of 18 in the UK and you would like to participate, please complete this online survey which should take no more than 10 minutes to complete – just follow the green button below.

The survey is open until Friday 17 July 2020. Findings will be used to publish a report about experiences and views of parents, and inform our future campaigning.  No individuals will be identified in such activity, and all answers will be made anonymous.

If you have any questions, please contact

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