Navigation Links
U.S. Kids Consuming Fewer Calories, Report Finds
Date:2/21/2013

THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Finally, some good news in the war on childhood obesity: Kids in the United States now consume fewer calories each day than they did 12 years ago, according to a new government report.

Even better, between 1999 and 2010, most boys and girls between 2 and 19 years old began getting more of their daily calories from muscle-building proteins and fewer from carbohydrates, which can easily spur weight gain when eaten to excess, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found.

The findings, based on dietary data obtained from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, suggest a step in the right direction for a nation where 17 percent of all children and adolescents are obese. Excess weight in childhood is linked to a host of health problems later in life, including heart disease and diabetes.

"This certainly reflects an improvement in food and drink-related decisions," said Rebecca Solomon, coordinator of clinical nutrition at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

"It would seem that education and public awareness about the importance of maintaining a healthy body weight may finally be getting to its intended audience," Solomon said. "Hopefully if we teach children the importance of appropriate calorie intake and nutrient balance, we will reverse the obesity problem over the next several decades."

When people eat more than they need to fuel their everyday activities, the body stores the extra calories as fat cells for use later. Over time, this can lead to weight gain and eventually obesity.

According to the new report, boys' daily calorie consumption on average fell from 2,258 calories in 1999-2000 to about 2,100 on average in 2009-2010. Girls' intake dropped from 1,831 calories to 1,755 during that time period.

The survey found some notable racial and ethnic differences in eating patterns, however.

For instance, the percentage of daily calories derived from protein -- think of beans, nuts and meat -- rose from 13.5 percent to 14.7 percent among boys and from 13.4 percent to 14.3 percent for girls during the 12-year period. However, protein consumption for black girls stayed around 13.5 percent.

Carbohydrate consumption -- carbs are found in breads, potatoes and pasta -- decreased among boys, from 55 percent in the earlier time period to 54.3 percent in 2009-2010. For girls, carbohydrates dropped from 55.8 percent of their total calories eaten to 54.5 percent. These declines in carbohydrates were not seen among black girls and Mexican-American girls, however.

Experts hailed the findings and credited wide-ranging efforts from the White House to schools and altered decision-making by parents.

Sharon Zarabi, a nutritionist/fitness trainer at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, believes that Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign may have increased awareness of the obesity epidemic and encouraged children to eat more nutritious foods and boost their activity.

"These results are surprisingly pleasing as I have been so conditioned to hearing only rising obesity rates," Zarabi noted.

"It's promising to see nutrition becoming a priority in schools starting with the banning of soda and sweetened beverages on campus," she added.

Zarabi said she believes the increased availability of low-fat milk, tofu, fruits and vegetables has encouraged children to make better choices at school and "hopefully at home."

Solomon also attributed the decrease in carbohydrate consumption to a better understanding of the empty calories in juice and soda. "It is possible kids are favoring water, seltzer or diet drinks as a response to the bad press about sugary beverages," she said. "In addition, high fructose corn syrup has been vilified over the past several years, and it's possible that parents and children are heeding the warning to reduce this type of sugar, among others."

However, Solomon expressed some concern that eating more protein is not necessarily a good thing. The availability of protein bars, soy snacks and Greek yogurt, which has nearly twice the protein, ounce for ounce, as typical yogurt, has likely increased protein intake, she said.

"We know that protein is essential for growth, but more is not necessarily better, as long as baseline protein needs are met," she added. However, "all food has calories, and it is possible to go too far and gain weight with an excess of any macronutrient -- protein, fat and carb alike."

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about childhood obesity.

-- Margaret Farley Steele

SOURCES: Sharon Zarabi R.D., nutritionist/fitness trainer, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; Rebecca Solomon, M.S., R.D., nutrition coordinator, clinical nutrition, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City; Feb. 21, 2013, report, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Sugar Addict Claims Americans Consuming 150 lbs of Sugar Yearly
2. Americans Already Consuming the Right Amount of Salt
3. Fewer people adding salt at the table
4. Simple Payroll Solution: EzPaycheck Was Customized For Small Businesses With Fewer Than 30 Employees
5. Safer Roads Near Schools May Mean Fewer Kids Struck by Cars
6. PHFE’s New Year’s Resolution=Fewer Guns, Better Mental Health
7. Centralization to fewer surgeons results in better survival after esophageal cancer surgery
8. People with diabetes in Ontario getting fewer government-funded eye exams, new study finds
9. Outsourced radiologists perform better reading for fewer hospitals
10. Veggies and Cheese as Filling as Chips For Kids, With Fewer Calories
11. Fewer Children Injured From Swallowing Caustic Chemicals: Study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
U.S. Kids Consuming Fewer Calories, Report Finds
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... 24, 2017 , ... Judy Buchanan, co-owner of Serenity Natural ... Judy says, “I am passionate about sharing Reiki as a holistic, complementary therapy ... challenging time.” , A Certified Medical Reiki™ Master trained by Raven Keys Medical ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... ... “The Adventures of Joey, The Dog Who Barks at Puddles”: a boisterous story about ... as God intended. “The Adventures of Joey, The Dog Who Barks at Puddles” is ... for writing, especially about truth and human behavior. , Published by Christian Faith Publishing, ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... Texas Physical Therapy Specialists (TexPTS) ... Gruene Road in Building 2. The clinic is the group’s second in New Braunfels ... opening the company’s second New Braunfels location brings things full circle for the group, ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... Dilger-Maxwell ... of the Norwalk and Vermillion areas, celebrates the newest charity campaign in ... nonprofit, community-based substance abuse prevention and peer recovery support organization providing vital ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... March 23, 2017 , ... ... owned and organized by HMP Communications Holdings, LLC, today announced that RestorixHealth® ... its nationwide network of wound centers interested in becoming Certified Wound Specialist Physicians ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... DIEGO and VANCOUVER, British Columbia ... (NASDAQ: SPHS ) (the "Company" or "Sophiris"), ... the treatment of urological diseases, today announced that data ... evaluated the drug as a focal treatment for localized ... March 26, 2017 at the 32 nd Annual ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... 23, 2017 Research and Markets has announced ... report to their offering. ... The global oxygen therapy devices market to grow ... The report, Global Oxygen Therapy Devices Market 2017-2021, has been ... experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... Research and Markets has announced the addition ... their offering. ... The global capillary electrophoresis market to grow at a CAGR of ... Capillary Electrophoresis Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based on an in-depth ... market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: