When it comes to tackling the problem of childhood obesity, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says portion size is very important, but a recent study shows children’s movies may be a huge contributor to the problem.
She goes on to say parents and kids should pre-measure food and eat it from a plate or bowl instead of out of the container.
That advice sounds great, but a study conducted by researchers from UNC-Chapel Hill reveals why this may be a difficult task for some.
A look at the most popular children’s movies—both live action and animated—released in the U.S. from 2006 to 2010 revealed disturbing news.
When analyzing the top-grossing G- and PG-rated movies, 26 percent of the movie segments with food depicted exaggerated portion size, 51 percent depicted unhealthy snacks, and 19 percent depicted sugar-sweetened beverages.
Movie segments rated as “unhealthy” by the researchers outnumbered those rated as “healthy” by 2:1.
After hearing this news, it’s no surprise that the American Heart Association revealed that about 5 percent of U.S. children and teens are 'severely obese' — a newly defined class of risk.