Flow of empty calories into children's food supply must be reduced – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. About 17 percent of children and adolescents in the US are obese. And an additional 15 percent of kids and teens considered overweight. Dr. Jill Reedy, a nutritionist with the National Cancer Institute has published research showing the impact of empty calories or energy from solid fats and added sugars.
Reedy: So this research identifies the major sources of overall energy and empty calories in the diets of American children. So for 2-18 year olds the top sources of energy were grain deserts, pizza and soda.
Narrator: Energy is another word for "calories." To learn more about managing an energy balance, visit the website wecan.nhlbi.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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