What Are Your Tweens Eating?

Ever wonder what your tweens are eating, I mean really eating when a snack attack strikes?

GirlsGoGames is here today to tell us about a recent survey they conducted with some pretty eye opening results. And there’s even a cool infographic that summarizes everything.

Check it out!

What Tweens Eat

Almost as many American families cook food from scratch daily as those who never cook homemade meals, a new audit of international eating habits found. Families in the UK show similar results, while those in France are less likely to get take-out or cook ready-made meals. The survey of 43,000 youngsters revealed that a burger and fries is the most popular dish for American kids, closely followed by spaghetti, and homemade pizza.

The international audit, commissioned by GirlsgoGames, who recently launched the popular Sara’s Cooking Class app for kids, assessed the food habits and preferences of youngsters and their families. Their study reveals that 43% of participants eat in front of the TV, compared with 53% at the table.

The questionnaire showed that the US lags behind France when it comes to enjoying homemade meals at the table as a family. 73% of young French cooks get busy in the kitchen at least once a week with their family, compared to 59% of American respondents.

As part of a campaign to get kids excited about food and eating well, GirlsgoGames conducted the survey to gain insight into eating habits of children. The campaign included a fun and educational cooking roadshow that toured schools. Sara (of virtual cooking app “Sara’s Cooking Class”) put on fun cooking workshops to encourage and excite kids about cooking for themselves.


Sara’s Cooking Class creates an environment in which parents and children can bond through a positive learning experience. It also teaches the importance of keeping the cooking tradition alive and making your own meals from fresh ingredients from all over the world.

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  1. says

    Our tweens eating habits are definitely putting their health at risk for long term issues like diabetes and high blood pressure. As adults, we need to change their eating habits and be a model for better eating.

  2. says

    I’m bad about that. With everything we’ve got going on around here, DS14 seems to just grab whatever is quick and easy. Lots of cereal, sandwiches, and soup. I finally banned Hot Pockets and Pop Tarts from the house because I decided they were a food-like substance, but weren’t actual food. My son strongly disagrees with this assessment, but I’m the one with the money, so I WIN.

  3. says

    My youngest daughter just turned 17, but as a tween (and even now), she loves to eat chicken, french fries, and pizza. She does not like anything green:(

  4. says

    Sounds like a great app idea–I have two picky eaters, ages 8 & 10. I’d love to find a way to get them involved more so they might try more new things!

  5. says

    I wish more families would eat at home at the table. We have the greatest bonding time at our dinner table every night. I couldn’t imagine life without our family dinners.

  6. says

    Love the idea of getting families cooking together!

    Interesting numbers. I’d like to know a bit more about what they mean.

    For instance, fast food was on the menu once a month for 47%. That seems like the Tweens don’t know what fast food is. Does it mean meals at restaurants or grabbing a chocolate bar? Or is it just that once a month they plan to have fast food. I’m not sure what the numbers are showing on that one.

    I’m going to take a look at the app now to see how it helps with healthy meal choices.