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Teen-obesity epidemic has plateaued — but not among the poor

by Anne S. on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

We’ve had some (mildly) good news about obesity in recent months. Studies have suggested that the obesity rate among U.S. children and teens has begun to plateau. Other research has found that young people in the U.S. are consuming fewer daily calories than they did a decade ago, especially calories from sugar and other carbohydrates. The percentages are small (7 percent fewer calories among boys and 4 percent fewer among girls) but significant nevertheless.

In addition, the consumption of fast food is on the decline, and children are, on average, more physically active that they were in the late 1990s.  Read the rest of the story here.




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