Teen Obesity

By: Salma Martinez

Advertisements are a cause of teen obesity

There are many advertisements for fast food. A new study by the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that young people who recognize fast-food brands when certain cues are erased -- like McDonald's golden arches and KFC's logo -- are twice as likely to be obese as those who recognized only a few. Convenience stores and fast food restaurants are everywhere and most of their advertising targets children.

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Fast Food restaurants are a cause of teen obesity

There is more fast food stores restaurants then healthy restaurants. Poorer neighborhoods also have fewer fruit and vegetable markets, bakeries, specialty stores, and natural food stores. Teens have few healthy choices at school. According to the research, many middle schools and high schools offer more unhealthy foods than nutritious foods. The highest levels of fast-food consumption were found in youngsters with higher household income levels, boys, older children, blacks and children living in the South. The lowest levels were found in youngsters living in the West, rural areas, Hispanics and those aged four to eight, but more than 20 percent of youngsters in each of those groups still reported eating fast food on any given day.

Teens eat more unhealthy food than healthy food.

Fast food lovers consumed more fats, sugars and carbohydrates and fewer fruits and non-starchy vegetables than youngsters who didn't eat fast food. They also consumed 187 more daily calories, which likely adds up to about six pounds more per year, the study found. Children have easy access to junk food that is high in fat and sugars. Every day, nearly one-third of U.S. children aged 4 to 19 eat fast food, which likely packs on about six extra pounds per child per year and increases the risk of obesity, a study of 6,212 youngsters found. The numbers, though alarming, are not surprising since billions of dollars are spent each year on fast-food advertising directed at kids, said lead author Dr. David Ludwig, director of the obesity program at Children's Hospital Boston.