In a dangerous trend, obesity continued to be on the rise this year, with the noticeably higher incidence of obesity in children proving to be especially worrisome.
A new study published in the latest issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine examined the eating habits of 10,000 kids between the ages of 2 and 19, comparing meals eaten at home vs. meals at restaurants. Key findings showed that a much larger percentage of kids are eating fast food at least once a day, which means lower nutrient intake and higher consumption of sugar, saturated fat and sodium.
Another finding recorded in the International Journal of Obesity was that heavier people are more likely to be hospitalized than their leaner counterparts. Extra weight is linked to hospitalization for diabetes, heart disease, chest pain, arthritis and asthma, and higher risk of death.
In the age of fast-paced lives and take-out meals, it has become more important than ever to return to that old tradition of family meals and home-cooked food before we lose our children to disease and ill-health.