|LESS FAST FOOD, FEWER FAT KIDS|
Science Daily November 19, 2008
In this new study it was found that a ban on fast food advertisements in the United States could reduce the number of overweight children by as much as 18%. Further, if the tax deductibility of television advertising were eliminated, there would be a greater reduction of childhood obesity.
The study's authors found that a ban on fast food television advertisements during children's programming would reduce the number of overweight children ages 3-11 by 18%, and would lower the number of overweight adolescents ages 12-18 by 14%.
Research indicates that there is an 80% chance an overweight adolescent will be an obese adult. Over 300,000 deaths can be attributed to obesity and excess weight in the United States every year.
Now wouldn't it be interesting to see the results if fast food was banned from school cafeterias? No place in the lunch line, no place in the vending machines. Besides the increased benefit relating to obesity, there would be positive effects on hyperactive behavior, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other chronic disease killers.
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