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Realization of America’s Youth- Shedding light of Childhood Obesity

I must say, it’s 5am in the morning and the first thing that’s on my mind is, “What happened to my blog I just wrote 30 minutes ago? ” Follow me at -108 Health and Fitness Blog for upcoming events and information.  For now, please help me and the Run For The Dream Commitee fight the epidemic of childhood obesity each day by educating  your children, parents, friends and family with information I will be constantly blogging about.  It’s going to take consistency, commitment and determination on an individual basis to make an IMPACT to help CHANGE the growing problem with America’s Youth.   Please share the facts below: Child Obesity Facts at a Glance

  • According to federal data, the prevalence of overweight children in the U.S. has more than doubled among 6- to 11-year-olds, and more than tripled among 12- to 19-year-olds.
  • A 2008 report of California 5th-, 7th- and 9th-grade students found that more than 30 percent of them were overweight and up to 40 percent did not pass a cardiovascular fitness test.
  • An economic analysis for the state health department found that in 2000, physical inactivity, obesity and overweight cost California approximately $21.7 billion, including related medical care and lost productivity.
  • The same analysis estimated that 5 percent improvements in rates of physical activity and healthy weight over a five-year period could save California over $6 billion, and 10 percent improvements could result in about $13 billion in savings.
  • Research published in 2003  estimated the national cost associated with obesity at $78.5 billion.
  • A 2006 report found that per capita consumption of soft drinks in the U.S. increased by 500 percent during the last 50 years, and that the average serving size increased from 6.5 ounces, or 88 calories, in the 1950s to 20 ounces, or 266 calories, today.
  • That report also found that 72 percent of school districts surveyed in California allow fast food and beverage advertising on high school campuses.
  • Only 2 percent of adolescents interviewed in the California Teen Eating and Exercise and Nutrition Survey met all of the dietary recommendations. More than half reported eating no vegetables at all in a typical day.

Compiled by the Dr. Robert C. & Veronica Atkins Center for Weight and Health

author: Annie Malaythong


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