TED Talk on Nutrition of the Children in the US
What is the Problem?: The Background
What is Obesity?
- 20% or more over the desirable weight for men
- 25% or more over the desirable weight for women
- BMI over 30kg/m^2
Statistics and Facts on Obesity
- 1/3 of all adult Americans are considered obese
- 1/6 of all child Americans are obese
- Obesity percentage is higher in the 40-59 age group at around 40.2 percent
- The state with the highest obesity rate is West Virginia at 37.7%
- The states with the lowest obesity rate is Colorado at 22.3%
- Women with college degrees have been shown to be less like to be obese than those without
- In 2008, it was estimated that obesity cost the US $147 billion annually
The American Diet *M=male F=female*
|Item||What We Should |
|What We Do |
|Protein||50 g||100 g|
|Carbs||310 g||300-500 g|
|30 g||15 g|
|Sugars||32 g||71 g|
|Fat||44-77 g||79 g|
|Cholesterol||F:200 mg M:300 mg||F: 242 mg M: 348mg|
|Potassium||3.5 g||2.5 g|
|Vitamin A||700-900 micrograms||adequate amounts|
|Vitamin C||75-90 mg||adequate amounts|
|Calcium||1000 mg||1029 mg|
|Iron||15 mg||15.1 mg|
Why Should We Be Worried?
Obesity is not just an issue that affects your weight. It can lead to a number of different diseases that can have long-term and life-threatening effects.
- Insulin Resistance
- High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
- Heart Disease
- High cholesterol
- Heart Attack
- Chronic Illnesses
- Reduced Life Expectancy
What Can We Do Now?
Removing Sugar From Our Diets:
Many People in the US are consuming far too much sugar each day. This fact is one of the main contributors to our increasing percentage of obesity in the country. You can reduce sugar by…
- Reducing the number of sugary drinks you consume
- Avoid sauces with lots of sugar
- Eat whole foods
- Avoid sugary breakfasts
- Replace sugar with proteins and fats
- Try natural sweeteners
Replacing Unhealthy Snacks with Healthier Ones:
Educate Yourself on Your Diet:
Try using the app MyFitnessPal for a day or two to see what kinds of nutrition are in the food you eat on a daily basis. It can be found at this link.
What To Eat if You Are Deficient in…
|Item||Food with This Item|
|Protein||Eggs, Almonds, Chicken, Oats, Cottage Cheese|
|Quinoa, Oats, Buckwheat, Bananas, Sweet Potato|
|Pear, Strawberry, Avocado, Apple, Raspberry|
|Fruits, Milk, Vegetables|
|Fat (good)||Avocados, Cheese, Dark Chocolate, Whole Eggs|
|Cholesterol||Fried Foods, Fast Food, Processed Meats, Desserts|
|Potassium||Avocados, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, Watermelon|
|Vitamin A||Beef Liver, Lamb Liver, Liver Sausage, Salmon|
|Vitamin C||Plums, Cherries, Chili + Yellow Peppers, Guavas|
|Calcium||Seeds, Cheese, Yogurt, Sardines, Beans|
|Sodium||Yeast bread, Pizza, Cold Cuts, Burritos, Soups|
|Iron||Shellfish, Spinach, Liver, Legumes, Red Meat|
…or Eat Less of These Foods if You Are High in an Item
Answer: 3800 calories a day
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