Healthy Food Choices

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Making the right choices to fight the obesity epidemic

In today's society we are often tempted with grabbing a "quick fix" for a snack. These "quick fixes" often times are unhealthy. Adolescents often reach for potato chips or soda pop for a snack which serves a poor fuel for the body and often leads to obesity. Junk food is often high in unhealthy fats, sugar, and salt. To start making changes...START SMALL!
  • Cut back on sugary drinks like soda pop or energy drinks and substitute with water (CDC, 2014).
  • Eat breakfast every morning.
  • Keep a fresh bowel of fruit cut up to snack on.
  • Replace junk food snacks with fruits and vegetables.
  • Stay away from fast food.
  • Reduce your meal size.

Eating a Balanced Diet

Eating a well balanced diet is essential to staying healthy and preventing disease.

Dietary Guidelines 2010 emphasizes eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low fat dairy products (CDC, 2013). A moderation of lean meats, poultry, eggs, fish, beans, and nuts should be included in the diet (CDC, 2013). A balanced diet should be kept low in saturated fats, trans fat, cholesterol, sugar, and salt (CDC, 2013).

"A calories is defined a unit of of energy supplied by food" (CDC, 2014, para. 2). To maintain your current body weight your calories in must equal your calories burned with physical activity. For most people this is roughly 2000 calories per day. To lose weight to must eat fewer calories than you use (CDC, 2014).

References

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. (2008). Facts for families. Obesity in children and teens. Retrieved from http:/www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/obesity_in_children_and_teens

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013). Healthy eating for a healthy weight. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/healthy_eating/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.(2014). Adolescent and school health. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/nutrition/facts.htm

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Healthy weight- it’s not diet, it’s a lifestyle! Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/Index.html

CRC Health Group. (n.d.). Obesity in Texas children and teens. Retrieved from http://www.byparents-forparents.com/obesity-texas-children-teens.html