What’s making US kids fat?

| Post published on June 2, 2010
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Childhood obesity has risen because children are eating more and exercising less. Exactly which foods are responsible is unclear. In this study, information gathered by the US Department of Agriculture between 1909 and 2007 shows that the major contributors are oils, shortening, meat, cheese and frozen desserts. Cheese intake has increased from 1.7 to 14.9kg per year and frozen dairy products increased from 0.7 to 11.5 kg per year. From 1970 to 2007, intake of sweeteners increased from 54 to 62kg per year.

Barnard, 2010. Trends in food availability, 1909-2007. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 91(5):1530S-1536S.

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Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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