New report: 1 in 3 children eat fast food each day

Today, more than one-third of children and adolescents will eat fast food, according to a report released by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). Among children that will eat fast food today, about two-thirds will get 25% or more of their daily calories from the fast food.

The CDC points out that more than one-third of U.S. children are either overweight or obese. While health experts believe fast food is a contributor to childhood obesity, the report did not find a significant difference between weight groups in the percent of calories from fast food.

“It is certainly a significant amount and it would be more concerning if someone were not astonished by that number. It is a sign we have some work to do to help families come up with practical solutions,” according to Dr. Esther Krych, a pediatrician with the Mayo Clinic’s Children’s Center, Rochester, MN, as reported by Reuters.

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