‘What a Waste’ — Who can eat these snacks?
CBS News has learned that one of the many food items at the bottom of your “dinner plate” can have potentially deadly implications.
A new CBS News investigation has revealed that some of the foods that you find in the bottom half of your dinner plate — snacks, cereal, ice cream, and a variety of other junk foods — are likely to be contributing to the growing obesity epidemic in the United States.
One of the most recent findings was that Americans eat an average of six times as many snacks per person per day as the average for industrialized countries.
This is especially true among younger Americans.
According to the report, the average daily snack intake among the younger generation is about twice as high as that among those in their 50s and 60s.
In other words, these youngsters eat nearly four times as much junk food per day than their older counterparts.
And if this trend continues, it’s likely to continue for the foreseeable future.
For instance, according to the Food and Drug Administration, the number of kids who ate at least one snack per day last year increased to 2.5 million from 1.5.
So, even if the average American eats about six snacks per day, this is the kind of diet that is going to be making the nation’s obesity epidemic worse.
One thing’s for sure: the obesity epidemic is going from bad to worse.
Sources: CBS News, ABC News, USDA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Nutrition Board, CBS News