In order to better understand childhood obesity and its origins, we need to understand what the children are eating; in other words where the calories they consume come from. A recent study by the NIH found that 40% of the calories came from what they call “empty calories”. These are calories from solid fats and added sugars. Half of the 40% came from just 6 sources, soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, pizza and whole milk.
Its something to consider the next time you visit a child’s birthday party, look into your refrigerator, go out to a fast food restaurant, pizza place, walk through a school lunch line or offer your child that piece of dessert or soda.
Obviously changing this overnight is not going to happen, but making small incremental improvements by trying to reduce the consumption of these items could have a profound effect on a child’s life.