Junk Food Continues to be Staple Diet of California's Young Children: Study
As per a study released today by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, it has been found that junk food continues to be a staple diet of young children in California. A majority of children fail to eat suggested amount of fruits and vegetables.
As per researchers, 60% of children belonging to an age group of two to five years were surveyed and it was found that they had consumed fast food at least one time in the last week. According to Susan Holtby, the study's lead author and senior researcher at the center, “A weekly happy meal is an unhappy solution, especially for toddlers. Hard-working, busy parents need support to make health food selections for their kids”.
Holtby said fast food when taken along with soda at a young age can be the reason for obesity-related health problems among these children.
As per the study it was found that in the year 2007 and 2009, two-thirds of children belonging to an age group of two to five years ate one fast food meal at a minimum during the previous week. However, 29% ate two or more fast food meals in past week. Approximately 10% had eaten three or more fast food meals.
The study revealed that Asian children consume the least fruits and vegetables of any ethnic group, with merely 40% of Asian children eating at least five servings a day.
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