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US childhood obesity has plateaued as calorie-intake falls, studies suggest

www.grub4life.org.uk today reports that two new reports offer mixed signs of progress in the US as 36% of adults and 17% of children remain overweight or obese. 23-02-2013

Children in the US ate fewer calories in 2010 than they did a decade ago, a new health study shows. Health researchers found an overall trend towards the consumption of less carbohydrates (but more protein) than 10 years before; the percentage of calories from fat in children's diets remained broadly the same.

While the results are a promising sign that the obesity epidemic may have plateaued, children are still eating too much fat, researchers said in one of two reports published by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics on Thursday. Two-thirds of the US population is considered overweight or obese. According to the CDC, 36% of US adults, or 78 million, and 17% of youth, or 12.5 million, are obese. Another third are overweight.

However, after years of increasing levels of obesity which have worried law and policy makers in the US and around the world, the numbers have leveled out in recent years.

With thanks to www.guardian.co.uk
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