"Kids are eating better, but we're losing ground in keeping extra pounds off," said Dr. Theresa Nicklas, a professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. "Cardiovascular health also requires attention to calories and exercise."
Nicklas and her colleagues at Tulane University have been monitoring the height, weight, eating habits and subsequent heart disease risk of 10-year-old children in Bogalusa, La. since 1973.
"We found that the amount of total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol in children's diets has decreased," she said. "Yet, despite no change in average height, kids today are heavier by nearly 5 pounds and more are obese."
In the 1990s, children consumed more calories from carbohydrates like fruit, fruit juice, beverages, and snacks, but fewer from animal fats, candy, eggs, and desserts.
I found this interesting. Kids need to get off the computer and into the backyard.