Childhood obesity is a national epidemic and here in Illinois, the Land of Lincoln is seeing the repercussions.
According to a recent report from the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health, thirty three percent of Illinois kids are overweight or obese.
Ashlyn Myers, a registered dietitian with the Quincy Medical Group, says the convenience of fast food, and spending more time playing video games and watching television are contributing to the problem.
Another calorie buster? What kids are drinking. "Start looking at just the beverages we give our children. Beverages are calorically dense, so if we just make positive beverage changes we can see a real change in our child's diet. A lot of times for adults and children, we're consuming 400 calories alone just from liquid," Myers said.
Myers says that another thing that parents should be watching for is making sure their children's plates have a lot of color from fruits and vegetables.
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