Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Starting a Life Sentence at Two

Young Americans Need to Cut Calorie Intake: Study

Without reducing consumption, more than one in five children will be obese by 2020
By Robert Preidt
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has set a goal of reducing the childhood obesity rate to 14.6 percent by 2020, and to do so children aged 2 to 19 would need to eliminate an average of 64 calories a day.TUESDAY, April 10 (HealthDay News) -- American youngsters have a long way to go to reach new goals for a lower childhood obesity rate, a new study shows.

Without this reduction in calorie intake, the average child or teen would be nearly 4 pounds heavier in 2020 than a child of the same age in 2007. In addition, more than 20 percent of youth would be obese, up from 16.9 percent currently.The last time the childhood obesity rate in the United States was 14.6 percent was in 2002.
"Sixty-four calories may not sound like much individually, but it's quite a consequential number at the population level, and children at greatest risk for obesity face an even larger barrier," study author Dr. Y. Claire Wang, an assistant professor of health policy and management at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, said in a university news release.
Just as in many other aspects of raising children, the place where this is going to start is at home.  If we as adults have bad eating and are ourselves overweight or obese, this same problem may also affect our children.  Making the healthy choices in your life goes a long way in guiding our children to also make right choices.  

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