The health of young children and adolescents is greatly dependent on a healthy and nutritious diet early on. It is estimated that at least 15% of U.S. children between the ages of 6-19 years of age are overweight – doubling over the past two decades. Overweight children are at increased risk for many childhood and adult related diseases, including hypertension, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, coronary heart disease, stroke and more. In addition, obesity increases the risk of psychological disorders such as depression and eating disorders. This makes the issue more critical than ever to address early on.
While public health officials, policy analysts, the media, retailers and manufacturers watch the number of overweight individuals increase, they remain unable to answer a very important question. Namely, how is it that most overweight individuals, including children, appear unable to address their issue with weight?
Youth dietary habits are largely framed by behavioral issues related to dietary practices in the home, amongst peer groups and particularly at school. Uncover fascinating research available that suggests all the various indicators for obesity, including psychological aspects of unhealthy eating and weight gain.
You will better understand:
- The best ways to understand early prevention of childhood obesity
- Ways industry is addressing the issues of childhood obesity through food product development and marketing
- The role genetics plays in the childhood obesity equation, versus environmental factors
- About many important consumer issues including diet behavior, moderation, food habits and eating occasions, weight loss triggers, portion control and more.