A national pandemic of childhood obesity

Sharing some important facts from the  harnessingthepowerofsupermarkets.original_0.pdf

"Today, many of our communities are unhealthy—dominated by fast food, with few full-service grocery stores that stock affordable healthy foods, and few safe accessible places to play or even walk. As a result of these environments, children eat poorly and aren’t active enough. Only 2 percent of children ages 2 to 19 meet the federal government’s recommendations for a healthy diet, and only 25 percent get even 30 of the recommended 60 minutes of moderate physical activity five days a week.

As a result, more than 23 million children and adolescents in the United States—nearly one in three young people—are either obese or overweight, putting them at higher risk for serious, even life-threatening health problems.

If we don’t reverse the epidemic, the current generation of young people could be the first in U.S. history to live sicker and die younger than their parents’ generation.

A recent study in the journal Pediatrics estimated that U.S. children and adolescents overall experienced an “energy gap,” a surplus of calories consumed over those expended, of roughly 110 to165 calories per day on average between 1988 to 2002. This resulted in an excess 10 pounds of body weight for adolescents, one pound per year on average."