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.

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