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Cribsheet: Food

Last year, your kid ate 25 lbs of candy. by Sarah Sundberg

February 15, 2007

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Average time spent by U.S. children in front of the TV each day: 3-4 hours

Proportion of TV ads that are for food: 50 percent

Annual sales of food and beverages to young consumers in 2002: $27 billion

Amount spent on food and beverage advertising to reach young consumers: $10-12 billion

Number of Pizza Hut chains in American schools: 4,500

Amount of candy (excluding chewing gum) consumed per American in 2003: 24.6 pounds

Mean daily intake of soft drinks among children 6-17 years old in 1978: 5oz

Mean daily intake of soft drinks among children 6-17 years old in 1998: 12oz

Proportion of average American daily calorie intake that comes from sugary candy, salty and fatty snacks and soft drinks: 30 percent

Proportion of youth who don’t engage in physical activity that promotes long term health (2004): 33.4 percent

Percentage of kids who lived less than a mile from school who walked to school in 1995: 31 percent

Proportion of kids who lived less than a mile from school who got to school by car or school bus in 1995: 65 percent

Proportion of elementary schools that provide daily physical education or its equivalent to all students throughout the school year: 8 percent

Proportion of U.S. children and infants under ages 6-23 months who were overweight in 1976-80: 7.2 percent

Proportion of U.S. children and infants under ages 6-23 months who were overweight in 2004: 11.5 percent

Proportion of 6-11-year-olds who were overweight 1976-80: 6.5 percent

Proportion of 6-11-year-olds who were overweight in 2004: 18.8 percent

Average weight of a 10-year-old girl in 1963: 77.4 pounds

Average weight of a 10-year-old girl in 2002: 88 pounds

Likelihood of a child covered by Medicaid being treated for obesity compared to a privately insured child: 6 times more likely

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