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Fast food and sodas may help explain the increase in childhood obesity
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As of 1996, children were getting three times as much of their food from restaurants and fast food outlets as they were in 1977 according to the paper.
Children are also consuming more soft drinks than ever.
PEOPLE DRINKING SODAS CONSUME 188 MORE CALORIES PER DAY
People who consume soft drinks consume 188 calories more per day than people who do not consume soft drinks according to this paper.
16 PERCENT OVERWEIGHT, AN ADDITOINAL 14 PERCENT AT RISK
Sixteen percent of children between the ages of 6 and 11 are overweight, and an additional 14.3 percent are at risk for becoming overweight according to the paper.
Rates of childhood obesity have tripled since 1971-1974.
CHILDHOOD OBESITY DEFINED
Overweight in children is defined as being at or above the 95th percentile for BMI for their age.
Being at risk of becoming overweight is defined as being at or above the 85th percentile for BMI for their age.
The increase in consumption of sodas and food from fast food outlets may help explain the recent increase in childhood obesity the authors conclude.
St-Onge MP, Keller K, Heymsfield S. Changes in childhood food consumption patterns: a cause for concern in light of increasing body weights. Am J Clin Nutr. 2003 Dec, 78(6):1068-73.
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