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Between 1999 and 2010, children's average energy intake dropped from 2,258 calories per day to 2,100 calories per day for boys; and from 1,831 calories per day to 1,755 calories per day for girls. The study included U.S. children ages 2 to 19. The most significant drops in energy intake were for boys ages 2 to 11, and for girls ages 12 to 19. The findings are surprising considering that childhood obesity levels in the country as a whole have not declined, said study researcher R. Bethene Ervin, of the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.
Originally posted by Myomistress
I agree with posts above about the average income of Americans to date. Many don't have the money to buy fresh foods or healthy foods because that whatever pack of ramen (I wouldn't know, I don't like Ramen so don't eat it plus when I do, it makes my heart act up) are only a few cents and huzzah!
Originally posted by toochaos4u
My problem with BMI is that weighing 175lbs and 5'9" it was claimed by my physician that I as obese. This was unbelievable due to the fact that my pant size was 30 and had switched to the older child shirts (also some older child pants) because the size small adult shirts are more like nightgowns on me. He claimed I needed to lose about 40lbs. BMI (at least at the time) did not take into consideration that my bone structure is significantly larger than a lot of people. Heck I can see my wrist joint bones protruding out. My high school ring is size 13.
I also think that we have over-simplified diets because what works for one will not work for another. Certain food even what is considered light do not metabolize well for me. I learned a long time ago what worked well for me and what did not. Also I broke from the 3 meal dinner table. Nothing was worse than feeling hungry all day and sitting at a dinner table. It worked so much better for me just to lightly snack all day with maybe one light regular meal just to fulfill family obligations of spending some time together.
Unhealthy food besides cost as some used I would say it is TASTE. Healthy food is never going to compete in taste with greasy unhealthy food that many times is enhanced to be more flavorful. That is something that one has to learn to live with. I grew up in the south where everything is fried or boiled in oil and that was the best tasting stuff you can put in your mouth but, it really isn't very good for you. I suspect several deaths in the family could be attributed to this way of cooking.edit on 22/2/13 by toochaos4u because: (no reason given)