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West J Med. 2000 Dec;173(6):378-83.

US adolescent food intake trends from 1965 to 1996.

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  • 1Nestl√© Research Center, Nestec Ltd, Lausanne, Switzerland.

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  • West J Med 2001 Oct;175(4):235.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine adolescent food consumption trends in the United States with important chronic disease implications.

METHODS:

Analysis of dietary intake data from 4 nationally representative US Department of Agriculture surveys of persons aged 11 to 18 years (n = 12,498).

RESULTS:

From 1965 to 1996, a considerable shift occurred in the adolescent diet. Total energy intake decreased, as did the proportion of energy from total fat (39%-32%) and saturated fat (15%-12%). Concurrent increases occurred in the consumption of higher-fat potatoes and mixed dishes (pizza and macaroni and cheese). Lower-fat milks replaced higher-fat milks, but total milk consumption decreased by 36%. This decrease was accompanied by an increase in the consumption of soft drinks and noncitrus juices. An increase in high-fat potato consumption led to an increase in vegetable intake, but the number of servings for fruits and vegetables is still lower than the recommended 5 per day. Iron, folic acid, and calcium intakes continue to be below those recommended for girls.

CONCLUSIONS:

These trends, far greater than for US adults, may compromise the health of the future US population.

PMID:
11112748
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PMCID:
PMC1071186
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