Eating patterns, dietary quality and obesity.

  title={Eating patterns, dietary quality and obesity.},
  author={Theresa A Nicklas and Thomas Baranowski and Karen W Cullen and Gerald Berenson},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Nutrition},
  volume={20 6},
Obesity among children has reached epidemic proportions. Today, an estimated one in four children in the United States is overweight. while 11% arc obese. Children who are overweight tend to remain so up to 20 years of age; in general, they have a 1.5- to twofold higher risk for becoming overweight as adults. The prevalence of overweight has increased approximately twofold in the 20-year period from 1974 to 1994, with the largest increases observed among 19- to 24-year-olds. The annual… CONTINUE READING