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11 Facts About Healthy Living

  1. Over the past 30 years, the number of overweight children has doubled and the number of overweight teenagers has tripled.

  2. Studies show that individuals who are 20% or more overweight run a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, and some forms of cancer.

  3. The prevalence of diabetes increased by 33% in the past 20 years, due primarily to the increased number of overweight people.

  4. It takes approximately 20 minutes for your brain to know that your stomach is full.

  5. The majority of items in existing vending machines contribute to a variety of health issues including obesity, diabetes and heart disease, as well as behavioral issues such as hyperactivity, fatigue and aggression.

  6. Over 300,000 deaths per year are caused by poor nutrition and a lack of physical activity.

  7. One out of every three children born today will develop diabetes at some point in their lifetime if dietary trends continue as they are today.

  8. A can of soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar.

  9. In the US, the average adult drinks about 500 cans of soda a year.

  10. In the United States, obesity is second only to smoking as a cause of death.

  11. According to the Canadian Pediatric Society, most food advertising on children's TV shows is for fast foods, soft drinks, candy and pre-sweetened cereals.

Sources:
Healthy Eating Made Easy
Media Awareness Network
Fat Free Kitchen
Medicine Net

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OTHER RESOURCES

Center for Disease Control - Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity
Center for Disease Control 
Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity

We Can! by the National Institutes of Health - Ways to Enhance Children's Activity & Nutrition
National Institutes of Health
Ways to Enhance Children's
Activity & Nutrition

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