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A new report from Reuters highlights some disturbing facts about the state of the U.S. youth diet.
The report quotes a statement from a branch of CDC that states that more than 12 percent of the children and adolescents surveyed got over 40 percent of their calories from fast food, which was defined as “restaurant fast food/pizza,”
Childhood obesity as a serious problem in the United States and affects more than 12 million children and adolescents. According to Reuters kids aged 12-19 consumed twice the average daily percentage of calories from fast food than did younger children, but that “The results showed there was no significant difference in how many calories the kids consumed based upon their sex, poverty status or weight status.
The fact that children in the U.S. are made to depend on this food is continuing to be a serious issue, and can aversely affect the health of these children in the long run.
The CDC defines obesity in children as a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 95th percentile of the sex-specific BMI-for-age growth charts.
Original article: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/09/16/us-usa-fastfood-calories-idUKKCN0RG2S820150916