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We would like to acknowledge an error that was made in our article previously published in the journal (Arch Dis Child 2000;83:18–24). The absolute amount of grams consumed per day for the figures presented in the article were incorrect. An error was made in calculating the mean intake when the age groups (11–14 and 15–18) were combined. The corrected amounts are listed in the following table. This error does not change the trends or interpretation of results previously reported. A Maria Siega-Riz and B Popkin apologise for this unfortunate circumstance.

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