More Kids Eating Calorie-Packed Take-out Food
More Diabetes In Control Aug 8, 2011, 9:58 am
A third of food eaten now is cooked outside the home according to a study. The obesity epidemic is being fueled still further by a growing trend among kids to eat out and bring take-out food home. Such foods are high in sugar and calories, and their increasing popularity means youngsters are getting more calories than they need. For the study, researchers collected data on 29,217 children aged 2 to 18. Calories eaten away from home increased from 23.4 percent to 33.9 percent between 1977 and 2006. They found that kids eat a relatively maintained level of calories at home, but in addition kids also eat an increasing number of calories outside the home. Eating outside the home is actually fueling the increased energy intake for kids and much of the foods children eat outside the home comes from prepared meals sold in supermarkets and convenience stores, as well as fast food restaurants. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, Aug. 2011 … Read the Rest
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