Butte County
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Startling Statistics

  • Between the years 1976 and 2002 the prevalence of overweight among children doubled from 7% to 16%!!
  • Between the years 1976 and 2002 the prevalence of overweight among teenagers tripled from 5% to 16%!!
  • 38% of high school students watch an average of three hours of TV each day
  • Children of Latino or African-American descent born in 2000 have a 50% chance of developing diabetes at some point in their life
  • Two-thirds of premature deaths in the United States are due to poor nutrition, physical inactivity and tobacco use
  • Healthier diets could save 71 billion dollars per year in medical costs, lost productivity and lost lives
  • If all Americans began exercising, we would save 77 billion in annual medical costs
  • The average American watches about 4 hours of TV each day
  • There is only a one 1 in 12 chance that an American parent requires a child to do homework before watching TV
  • One study documeted 202 ads for high-sugar cereals, chips and other non-nutrititious foods during four hours of Saturday morning cartoons
  • Collectively, the state of California has gained 360 million pounds over the past decade
  • Many parents don't know that their children are at risk for type 2 diabetes, which emerged in children only recently and now accounts for almost 50% of new cases in some communities  
  • Only 2% of children eat a diet that is consistent with Federal nutrition recommendations 
  • In 1996, children ages 2-18 ate an average of 118 more calories than similar children in 1978. 
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