Alarming Studies Reveal That 1 Out of 3 Children Eat Junk Food Every Day
One out of three children in the United States consumes junk food every day. Health care officials are struggling to keep the numbers at bay as the sugar and salt intake among young children are starting to get out of hand.
Obesity is one of the biggest concerns in the United States as the numbers continually increase each year. The battle against obesity is getting tougher as young children are more accustomed to eating junk food compared to choosing the healthier alternative.
Despite the states' initiative to make healthier food choices, food options are still infused with sugar. According to Daily Mail, restaurants already pledged to clean their kids' menu as some even removed soda on their kids' menu.
In recent statistics involving obesity, 18 percent of the children aged six to 11 and 21 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 19 are considered obese. These statistics were acquired by the researchers from Harvard University.
"I think it's disconcerting because it's good to have these kinds of programs that promote health, but these restaurants need to be held accountable," Senior author of the study involving obesity, Dr. Christina Roberto, stated. "We need to go back to the drawing board and figure out how to fix this. Programs like Kids Live Well are a good start but the reality is more needs to be done if we're going to be serious about tackling obesity."
150 chain restaurants have pledged and joined the Kids LiveWell program since 2015 to remove soda on their kids' menu. These restaurants also made a move to provide better and healthier meal options for young children.
Despite the positive move to clean out the children's menu, it was mentioned that the food they served young children are still infused with sugar. It was cited that 80 percent of the children's beverage option on the menu are comprised with sugar.