America’s Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2010

July 15, 2010 at 10:43 am Leave a comment

The percentage of children who are obese is an ongoing public health challenge, according to the latest government report. Whereas only  6% of children ages 6–17 were obese in 1980,by 1994, the rate rose to 11% and was up to 17 % by 2006. Last year, 19 percent of children  were defined as obese.  Data indicate that Mexican American and African American children were more likely to be obese than White, non-Hispanic children.

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Poor eating habits and unhealthy food choices are major contributors to the high rate of obesity among children. In 2004,  children’s diets were out of balance, with too much added sugar and solid fat and not enough nutrient-dense foods, especially fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. And, only children ages 2–5 met the recommended servings for  fruit and milk.

Parents should take a long hard look at what you feed your family, and how they are fed in school. There are many easy ways that you can assure that your child is growing at a healthy rate both up and out.

For full report, go to:   Childstats

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