According to new reports, there is a reason to be positive for once as, finally, Americans are getting healthier and instilling better habits in their diets. It’s been a long battle and it’s far from over, but improvements have recently surfaced about the condition of the American population and their well-known unhealthy food pallets.
For the first time in four decades, the numbers have increased and calorie consumption is in decline, after it peaked to a worrying amount in 2003. And the most notable difference is seen in children, which is good news that at least parents are teaching them important lessons about proper dietary needs.
On average, children now consume 9% less calories per day and it’s the most significant drop in a very long time. However, they do not stand alone. The rates have dropped all across the demographic map, no matter the age, gender, race or income. So, it’s good news on all accounts that the population, in general, is becoming more aware of the problem and fixing it.
Sugary drinks have seen the greatest decline since the late 1990’s, dropping by 25% for the average American, after numerous reports stating how tragically understated water remained for consumption.
To go along with the news of calorie decrease, the rate for obesity seems to have flat lined as well. While it’s seen no improvement, it has also seen no rise in percentage, which means that at the very least, people are treating it as a problem to avoid even if it’s not widely considered a problem to be fixed just yet.
According to the report, the obesity rates have dropped by 43% for children in between the ages of two and five, and hopefully that will follow in adults.
However, it’s not all good news. It’s still painfully obvious according to many studies that Americans still value their desserts and junk food beyond the usual healthy food. Fruits and vegetables are unfortunately still ignored for the most part and many neglect reaching the federal guidelines recommended for a healthy life.
The habit of indulging has changed though. While the average American has not stopped eating unhealthy food, they are consuming much less, which means that the reflex of overeating has gone down.
It’s good news, but it could be better. It does seem, however, that the general population has been hearing the messages and coming to a slow conclusion on their unhealthy lifestyles.
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