Liked this story from ABC News for how many nutrition experts weighed in with solutions for this problem. I found it interesting that while so much of the problem of childhood obesity and unhealthy eating is blamed on the "food industry", it is the food industry so many are looking to to provide the solution. Who needs a food industry? We need to educate people, starting with small children, to eat whole foods, mostly fruits and vegetables (half a plate at every meal) and avoid processed foods altogether. I realize that the food industry includes all the mechanisms that move food from place to place and offer it for sale, but when we talk about advertising and junk food, those are all attached to foods that are not whole foods. Kids should be taught the difference.
JUNK FOOD MAKES UP NEARLY HALF OF KIDS' CALORIES
If there were ever a reason to cut back on kids' consumption of cake, cookies, pizza and soda, nutrition experts say a new study highlights just how unhealthy young people's diets really are.
Researchers from the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md. analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that nearly 40 percent of calories consumed by children ages 2 to 18 were empty calories, the unhealthiest kind of calories.
Half of these calories came from just six foods:
Sugary fruit drinks
Grain desserts, such as cake, cookies and donuts
Dairy desserts such as ice cream
Whole milk, which is far fattier than skim.
(um.... Cyndie here... I don't think we can call milk a junk food... even whole milk. Maybe chocolate milk, yes, but real milk? I hope not much of the 40% was milk... I tried to look up the analysis to check, but I failed to find it.)