Simple Stats about Sugar
In preparation for our Childhood Obesity event-taking place in May – we’ve chosen to do a web series dedicated to daunting new facts about obesity in the U.S. and the world today.
According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents specifically in the past 30 years.
How do we account for such a drastic change? Healthcare professionals have identified several causes including:
- Children’s’ entertainment today includes less physical activity
- Changes within the food industry and the convenience of purchasing pre-made food products rather than whole foods
- Cost and access whole foods
- School meals
- Portion Sizes
- Unhealthy snacking
- Increase in sugar consumption
Today, our focus is on sugar and how its consumption has changed since the 1970’s and 1980’s. Children and adolescents today are eating, on average, two sugary drinks a day when 30 – 40 years ago, milk or water would have been the average American family’s go-to beverage option.
While two drinks a day doesn’t seem like much, after a week, a month, and a year the outcome is drastic. According to LetsMove.gov:
In total, [Americans] are now eating 31 percent more calories than we were forty years ago–including 56 percent more fats and oils and 14 percent more sugars and sweeteners. The average American now eats fifteen more pounds of sugar a year than in 1970.
In addition to beverages, unhealthy meal and snack options are also becoming the norm all over the world. With statistics like these, how to do we get involved and make sure our children, students and patients are moving in a healthier direction?
Check in tomorrow to read more about this epidemic and for tips about how physicians, parents and teachers can make a stance against unhealthy eating habits.
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