What can you do for your children? But how? Overnutrition Fast food: the new U.S. epidemic • Reduce the following: • Television viewing • Computer use • Fast food meals • Soda • “Clean your plate” • Increase the following: • Physical activity • Meals at home • Fruits & vegies • Breastfeeding Shop for on sale healthy foods and snacks; cook larger meals for quick and easy leftovers; visit the park for a day of physical activity! More information? Visit a free health clinic Visit your local health department Website to visit: Choosemyplate.gov and search “Healthy Eating on a Budget” for tips.
What is overnutrition? Why is it a problem? What are other effects ? Overnutrition is a form of malnutrition caused by excessive intake of calories and nutrients. Overnutrition can cause obesity, which can lead to diabetes, asthma, hypertension, sleep apnea, heart and lung conditions, and even premature death. 26.6% of children aged 2-5 in the U.S. are either overweight or obese. Obese children are affect psychologically also. Effects can be a lower self-esteem, higher stress, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder, sleep problems, and obesity into adulthood. What causes it? Increased amount of calories, total fat consumption, number of meals eaten out, amount of fast food consumed. While genetic factors may be a cause, lifestyle is the primary cause of overnutrition which can lead to obesity. Why does it happen? A cheeseburger from a fast food restaurant is often cheaper than a salad, and a big of chips for the family is often cheaper than apples for the family.