Without question the eating habits we develop as kids helps determine if we are going to be a heavy adult. Almost a third of children and adolescents in the US are classified as either overweight or obese (JAMA 2014; Ogden, CL).
Many of these children become obese adults. If a childâ€™s parents are heavy their risk is doubled for becoming an overweight adult.
Metabolism.com is involved in finding ways to reduce childhood obesity.
The first step is to raise awareness of the dangers of childhood obesity and how crucial it is for young people to learn how to eat properly. For this reason we are kicking off a Facebook and Instagram campaign called â€œ Food Flashbackâ€.
Food Flashback means sharing memories of how each of us first learned about food and nutrition. Most of us have some vivid recollections of family meals, watching our parents cooking, favorite foods and snacks as a child.
Poor eating habits are contributing to the rise of type 2 diabetes and obesity in children and adolescents.Â One of the major nutritional culprits is the high consumption of sugar contained in soda.Â The amount of sugar in soda is astounding.
According to The American Heart Association, sugar intake should be limited to six teaspoons per day for women (equivalent to about 100 calories),Â Â nine teaspoons per day for men (about 150 calories)Â and three teaspoons for children (about 60 calories) . There are numerous drinks available on the marketÂ containing as much as 14.6 teaspoons, or 73 grams, of sugar in a 20 oz bottle.Â A single 20 oz bottle therefore has almost 5 times the recommended daily sugar allowance for a child,Â 2-1/2 times the recommended allowance for women and 1-1/2 times the recommended allowance of sugar for men.