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1 The Burden of Obesity in North Carolina Unhealthy Eating

2 Recommendation for Fruits & Vegetables Boys and girls ages 4-8 need 3 to 4 cups of fruits and vegetables a day, with 1½ cups coming from fruit and the rest from vegetables. Boys and girls ages 4-8 need 3 to 4 cups of fruits and vegetables a day, with 1½ cups coming from fruit and the rest from vegetables. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

3 Unhealthy Eating in U.S. Children On average, children ages 6-11 ate a combined average of less than 3½ servings of vegetables and fruits daily. On average, children ages 6-11 ate a combined average of less than 3½ servings of vegetables and fruits daily. Overall, only one in five children met the recommended minimum goal of five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Overall, only one in five children met the recommended minimum goal of five servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

4 Unhealthy Eating Nationally, children ages 6-11 ate two vegetable servings per day: Nationally, children ages 6-11 ate two vegetable servings per day: 5% dark green vegetables 5% dark green vegetables 5% deep yellow vegetables 5% deep yellow vegetables 23% tomatoes 23% tomatoes 43% white potatoes 43% white potatoes Childrens intakes of dark green and orange vegetables should almost triple and their potato consumption should be cut in half. Childrens intakes of dark green and orange vegetables should almost triple and their potato consumption should be cut in half.

5 U.S. Adults Who Consumed 2 Fruits & 3 Vegetables (2007)

6 Most Commonly Consumed Foods for U.S. Children, Ages 2-5

7 N.C. Students & Vending Machines

8 Fast Food in America Every day, one-in-four Americans eats a fast-food meal Every day, one-in-four Americans eats a fast-food meal The number of fast food establishments in the country has increased from 70,000 in 1970 to almost 200,000 in The number of fast food establishments in the country has increased from 70,000 in 1970 to almost 200,000 in 2002.

9 Unhealthy Eating & N.C. Children 82% of high school students ate fewer than five servings of fruits and vegetables daily in the seven days prior to the survey. 82% of high school students ate fewer than five servings of fruits and vegetables daily in the seven days prior to the survey. 75% of children, ages 5-17, ate less than the recommended three servings of vegetables on a typical day 75% of children, ages 5-17, ate less than the recommended three servings of vegetables on a typical day 43% ate less than the recommended two servings of fruit. 43% ate less than the recommended two servings of fruit.

10 N.C. Students and Fruits and Vegetables Source: North Carolina Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. (2007).

11 N.C. Children and Youths Daily Healthy Eating Behaviors


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