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One out of eight children and one out of seven teenagers are now overweight, according to the 1999 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. As recently as the late 1970s, only one out of 14 children and one out of 20 teens were tat. The fraction of overweight kids has tripled since the 1960s.

What to do: Like adults, children need more exercise and fewer calorie-dense foods like burgers, fries, shakes, pizza, chips, fried chicken, and sweets. Serve fruits and vegetables as snacks. Teach children that a typical restaurant portion often serves (at least) two people.
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Title Annotation:child obesity statistics and prevention
Publication:Nutrition Action Healthletter
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 1, 2001
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