Obesity rates for children ages 6 through 11 have more than tripled over the past three decades. Not only have the rates increased, but according to the most recent Centers for Disease Control's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the heaviest children are markedly heavier than those in previous surveys.
Diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure, once seen primarily in adults, have increased significantly in children over the past two decades as a result of overweight and obesity.
Fast food outlets spend $3 billion in television ads targeted to children. Food and beverage advertisers collectively spend $10 to $12 billion annually to reach children and youth:
At the same time that many children are overweight or obese, many children have diets that are deficient in one or more nutrients, leaving them in a state of under-nutrition, or malnourishment.
Only 21 percent of young people eat the recommended five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day
Nearly half of all vegetable servings are fried potatoes
Many children don't know or understand where food comes from; they don't recognize whole foods like potatoes, tomatoes, and onions, but can identify French fries, ketchup, and chicken nuggets.