Unhealthy Eating Behaviors
Brooke Hinkelman and Nate Kujawa
Statistics/Facts for not Eating Healthy
- Less than 40% of children and adolescents in the U.S. meet the U.S. dietary guidelines for saturated fat.
- Almost 80% of high school students do not eat fruits and vegetables 5 or more times a day.
- Almost 80% of adolescent females do not consume enough calcium.
- The percentage of young people decreases with age; while 92% of children ages 6-11 eat breakfast only 77% of adolescents ages 12-19 eat breakfast.
- A poor diet can lead to energy imbalance and can increase one's risk for overweight and obesity.
- A poor diet can increase the risk for lung, esophageal, stomach, colorectal, and prostate cancers.
- Individuals who eat fast food one or more times per week are at increased risks for weight gain, overweight and. obesity.
- Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages can result in weight gain, overweight, and obesity.
How to Prevent/abstain from Risks
- Create a list of your eating habits and highlight the habits that could lead you to overeat.
- Replace unhealthy eating habits with new, healthy ones.
- Reinforce your new, healthy eating habits and be patient with yourself.
- Don't eat fast food more than once a week, or not at all.
- Try to eat a little from the ChooseMyPlate everyday.