Kids get nearly half their calories from junk food : The Thin Green Line
According to the American Cancer Institute, American young people aged 2 to 18 get 40 percent of their daily calories from empty calories — or calories that come with no nutritional value attached. Indeed, if you looked at kids' eating habits, you'd be forced to conclude that pizza and soda were key food groups: The NIC analysis showed that half of the empty calories kids get come from just six popular foods: pizza, soda, ice cream, cookies and cakes, sugary fruit drinks, and whole milk. (I wouldn't include whole milk or 100 percent juice drinks on this list if it were up to me, but it wasn't.)
The causes for these abhorrent eating habits are many, but researchers pointed to the food industry's work to make junk food "maximally palatable" and to market it aggressively.
"I don't see a solution unless we have serious limits on advertising of foods that damage the health and reduce the longevity of today's children," remarked Dr. Walter Willett, chair of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.