The percentage of children aged 6-11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 20% in 2008.In the 25 years between 1987 and 2010, the number of American's diagnosed with diabetes almost tripled to 20.9 million.The percentage of adolescents aged 12-19 years who were obese increased from 5% in 1980 to 18% in 2008.Food obtained outside the home tends to be higher in calories and fat than food prepared at home.The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate to intense aerobic activity every week for adults.According to Nielsen data, comparing 2008 to 2010, preschool children were exposed to 50% more TV ads for energy drinks in 2010.One in four adults gets no leisure-time moderate or vigorous physical activity at all.Currently in the United States, 4% of elementary schools, 8% of middle schools, and 2% of high schools provide daily physical education or its equivalent.Sugar-sweetened beverages are the largest source of sugar in the diets of children and adolescents.The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend 60 minutes of physical activity every day for children.
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