Officials have warned Americans about unhealthy eating habits and how childhood obesity can affect our nation.
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared that kids and adolescents are eating even more fast food, reported Today.
The study found that children and adolescents got 13.8% of their calories from fast food from 2015 to 2018. Of that study, the number has increased from 12% in 2011 to 2012.
The report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics found that Black and Hispanic children eat more fast food than white children. The studies also found that older children eat more fast food than younger ones. Children ages 2 to 11 get 11.5% of their calories from fast food, while ages 12 to 19 are at 18%.
The report includes statistics from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. It is given to the United States population every two years to report information on nutrition and health.
“These are not surprising findings when you think about how strapped families are these days for both time and money, and how fast food can be an easy option for stressed families,” Dr. Eliana Perrin, professor of pediatrics at Duke University School of Medicine.
The report only gathered numbers through 2017 and did not include how families and kids are eating during the COVID-19 pandemic. Perrin said due to the global outbreak, and she thinks the number has increased.
While some families can work and cook from home, “too many families are poorer than they were before, have more food insecurity and have more work to do with less support,” she said.
According to the CDC, obesity affects an estimated 18.4% of U.S. children ages 6 to 11, and 20.9% of adolescents ages 12 to 19.