Michael Omidi Reviews Childhood Obesity Plateau

February 22, 2013

Child Obesity

Michael Omidi reviews recent reports that show progress in the fight against childhood obesity. Michael Omidi is a co-founder of the non-profit organization Children’s Obesity Fund, which works to combat the obesity epidemic in the United States and abroad. 

Reports related to childhood obesity for the year 2010 showed that children in the United States were consuming fewer calories than a decade earlier, specifically when it came to eating carbohydrates. The study found that there were more calories from fat and more protein in the diets of children in 2010 than in 2000. [1]

The energy and carbohydrate intake of American children is suggested to be one of several factors that have contributed to a possible stabilization of the obesity epidemic. For most age groups the average energy intake for boys decreased to 2,100 kilocalories for 2009-2010, down from 2,258 kilocalories for 1999-2000; girls also saw a decrease in kilocalories for the same period from 1,831 down to 1,755. The study did find that the percentage of fat consumed was still slightly above the recommended levels of 10% of calories or less.

While these results are promising and could point to the obesity epidemic finally reaching a plateau, the fact still remains that more children and adults than ever are obese or overweight. The CDC currently puts two-thirds of the population of the United States as obese or overweight, of which 36% of adults are obese and 17% of children and adolescents obese.

Help us continue to stem the tide of childhood obesity at Children’s Obesity Fund.

By Michael Omidi

[1] http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/feb/21/studies-us-childhood-obesity-calories

Childhood Obesity Plateau

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