Table 1 Leisure activity and dietary habits in 1991 (33 y) and 1999 (41 y)

From: Changes in diet and physical activity in the 1990s in a large British sample (1958 birth cohort)

  Leisure activity a Chips consumption b Fried food consumption b Fruit and salad consumption c
  1991 (33 y) % 1999 (41 y) % 1991 (33 y) % 1999 (41 y) % 1991 (33 y) % 1999 (41 y) % 1991 (33 y) % 1999 (41 y) %
Males         
 High frequency 24 25 19 12 17 19 11 18
 Medium frequency 23 22 50 41 39 35 31 30
 Low frequency 21 20 27 44 34 34 45 39
 Rarely 32 34 4 3 10 12 13 14
 Total n 5576 5603 5581 5602 5585 5596 5583 5603
Females         
 High frequency 28 28 9 6 6 12 25 31
 Medium frequency 19 21 42 30 29 26 40 34
 Low frequency 23 17 39 57 45 43 30 28
 Rarely 31 35 10 8 20 20 5 7
 Total n 5765 5767 5777 5768 5780 5768 5781 5767
  1. aHigh frequency, 4–7 days per week; medium frequency, 2–3 days per week; low frequency, 1 day per week; rarely, ≤3 × per month.
  2. bHigh frequency, ≥3 days per week; medium frequency, 1–2 days per week; low frequency, <1 day per week; rarely, never.
  3. cHigh frequency, fruit or salad (or both) >1 × per day; medium frequency, fruit or salad (or both) 1 × per day; low frequency, fruit and salad 1–6 days per week; rarely, fruit and salad <1 × per week.
  4. All differences in distributions between 1991 and 1999; P≤0.01 except for leisure activity and fried food in men (P>0.05).