Are More Kids Choosing to Eat Healthy?
It looks like it. Younger kids are taking a liking to fruits, veggies, and physical activity. Hallelujah.
While most children still fall short of the federally recommended hour of physical activity per day, more are willing to try, which is curbing the childhood obesity rate.
What was once a three hour daily session of television (2001) has decreased to two, and teens are reportedly consuming less soda and candy than they used to.
Perhaps Michelle Obama's signature "Let's Move" campaign, which urges at least one hour of activity per day, is being taken seriously.
While boys have the upper-hand for physical activity, girls are watching less television, playing less video games, and eating more fruits and veggies.
"I think the public health message is beginning to be accepted," said Dr. Ronald J. Iannotti, study author and chair of the Department of Exercise and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
The age and racial divide is still evident, however, with younger children maintaining the highest levels of activity as well as fruit and veggies. Black and Hispanic children are less involved in the progress, all socioeconomic factors aside.
How do you think we can help the anti-obesity trend continue to progress?