Mar 3, 2010
Study Shows Unhealthy Snacks For Kids is Rising
Written under: Health, Lifestyle
American kids these days are snacking more on chips, candy and other junk foods, a study says. This rise has caused the childhood obesity rates in the US to soar to 12 million – roughly 17 percent of the kid population.
According to Carmen Piernas and Barry Popkin of the University of North Carolina, unhealthy snacking from 1977 to 2006 has grown by 168 calories a day per child.
This research was published in Health Affairs Journal, which also cites a study showing the national prevalence of obesity among U.S. children ages 10-17 has grown from 14.8 percent in 2003 to 16.4 percent in 2007.