Childhood Obesity

I saw this ad and I can’t help but think how powerful it is. Crisps = potato chips

Then I actually started reading this article

Some facts from it:

Half of the children in the United Kingdom consume 5 liters of cooking oil a year just from potato chips.

A 35g bag of potato chips contains 2 1/2 teaspoons of oil.

The amount of potato chips consumed in the UK is enough to fill a telephone box with every 43 seconds and an olympic size swimming pool every 14 hours.

Americans won’t be the only obese ones, as this article states that by 2020 it is thought that a 1/4 of UK children will be overweight.

I then found this picture

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The one fact that really shocked me was “chains such as Mcdonald’s and Burger King test their ground beef five to ten times more often than the USDA tests beef sent to schools”

How this affects me

Dieticians have many routes they can go when choosing a career. You can do anything from working with cafeteria food, working in a hospital, working with athletes, doing community work such as WIC etc. My main focus or emphasis is Sports. I want to be a Sports Dietitian. However, my next choices are leaning towards Pediatrics. I would love to help children who are obese or overweight. It would be life changing to help a child eat better and put more emphasis on physical activity when they are young than continue to gain weight and have a rougher time in the future to lose it.

“8 out of 10 children who are overweight at age 10-15 will be obese as an adult” from this infographic

What is the Current State of Obesity in America?

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Q: How do you portray childhood obesity?

Q: Which facts are the most frightening?

Q: Do you think we’ll have more countries joining America in obesity in the future?

Q: What do you think of the cooking oil ad?