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Unformatted text preview: Nutrition & Childhood Obesity Dr. Elizabeth Mendell HPRB 1710 Monday, Sept 22 2008 FAT: What No One is Telling You Lecture Overview Soft drinks Fast food Childhood obesity Soda Facts • Americans consume an average of 25 lbs of sugar/yr • Soda represents 6% of daily calories consumed by adults; for teens, 8-9%. • Surge in obesity among children & adults may be attributed, in large part, to an increase in the consumption of soft drinks (according to some experts). – Consumption of soft drinks doubled from mid-1970s to mid-1990s. – However, in 2005, the amount of soda sold in this country dropped for the first time in recent history. • Nutritionists recommend limiting soft drink intake – Drink low-fat milk and water instead. Source: Textbook & “Makers of Soda Try a New Pitch: They’re Healthy,” New York Times, March 7, 2007 More Soda Facts. . . • In 2001, Americans spent over $60 billion on carbonated soft drinks and the average American consumed approx. 53 gallons of soft drinks. • Average teenage boy drinks more than 700 cans of soda/year; average teenage girl drinks more than 500 cans/year. • Soda leaches calcium from bones: – Excessive soda consumption in childhood can lead to calcium deficiencies and greater likelihood of bone fractures....
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2009 for the course HPBR 1710 taught by Professor Mendel during the Fall '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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