During the past 20 years, obesity among adults has risen significantly in the United States. The latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics show that 30 percent of U.S. adults 20 years of age and older, over 60 million people, are obese.
This increase is not limited to adults. The percentage of young people who are overweight has more than tripled since 1980. Among children and teens aged 6-19 years, 16 percent (over 9 million young people) are considered overweight.
According to 2005 data, 20.2% of 9-12 graders in Colorado were overweight or at risk for overweight. According to 2005-2006 data, 27.8% of the Colorado children ages 2-14 were overweight or at risk for being overweight.
According to studies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, consumption of high-calorie, high-fat foods and beverages is on the rise. Other on-campus food such as a la carte food, school stores, and drinks from the cafeteria or vending machines, do not have to meet the National School Lunch Program guidelines for dietary requirements. Children also are spending more time on sedentary activities, including television viewing and computer games. These factors compromise children's ability to achieve their full educational potential, and increase their risk for being overweight and obese.
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