Facts with Hope
HOPE: The health problems that stem from being overweight go way beyond diabetes and heart disease. Being overweight can also affect a person's joints, breathing, sleep, self-esteem, and energy levels. Helping teenagers adopt a nutritious diet and achieve a healthy weight can impact their entire quality of life.
FACT: Toddlers consume a third of calories in snacks. A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that toddlers aged 12 months and older consumed a third of their daily calories from snacking between meals, with the snacks becoming less nutritious as the children got older. Dietary patterns low in fruits and veggies and high in sweets and saturated fats began to develop between the ages of 12 months and 24 months, and this pattern tended to be established by 24 months.
HOPE: Parents can establish the foundation for a healthy diet early in life when eating habits and preferences are being formed. Simple dietary changes—such as offering more nutritious snacks—can help prevent obesity and chronic disease in our children.
FACT: Most U.S. adults don’t know if they are consuming too much sodium in their diet—and many don’t even care. The International Food Information Council found that 70% of the 1,003 U.S. adults surveyed did not know what the dietary guidelines for sodium were. 59% were “not concerned” about their sodium intake, despite the fact that most Americans are consuming twice as much sodium as recommended.
FACT: Metabolic syndrome is correlated with increased risk of dying from all causes. Physical activity helps to increase the lifespan of people with metabolic syndrome—but the majority of Americans aren’t achieving the recommended 30 minutes of moderately intense activity five days per week or 20 minutes of vigorous aerobic physical activity for a minimum of 20 minutes three days per week.
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- Briefel, R. R., Kalb, L. M., Condon, E., Deming, D. M., Clusen, N. A., et. al. (2010). Feeding infants & toddlers study, 2008. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 110(12, Supplement), S16-S26.
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- Stensvold, D., Nauman, J., Nilsen, T., Wisløff, U., Slørdahl, S., & Vatten, L. (2011). Even low level of physical activity is associated with reduced mortality among people with metabolic syndrome, a population based study (the HUNT 2 study, Norway). BMC Medicine (9)109. Retrieved from www.biomedcentral.com