Preliminary Proposed Nutrition Principles to Guide Industry Self-Regulatory Efforts, Project No. P094513
Working as a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator makes me aware of the eating habits that people practice. On a daily basis food choices are made, sometimes these are very healthy foods and at other times they are not. As one chooses too many non-healthful foods they then begin to deal with being overweight and quite possibly become obese. Many times along the way they are also diagnosed with diabetes. The percentage of young children and teenagers that are overweight or obese has tripled. I work primarily with the adult population, but do see children under the age of 18. It is sad to see someone of this young age with the health issues that we are more used to seeing in older adults, especially when we know that a change in diet may have prevented these health issues. As we continue to allow companies to advertise sugary cereals and beverages and high sodium fat filled processed foods to those under 18 we only continue to face even more health issues in the future driving up healthcare costs. Children are more likely to be influenced more by commercials today than in the past because they are in front of some media source most hours of the day. Educating our children to eat healthy by including fruits and vegetables could help wiser food choices to be made and therefore help improve the health of future generations.