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The Overweight Epidemic

     Experts blame the rise in obesity on unhealthy food choices and increasingly non-active lifestyles. A recent study published in the American Journal of Health Promotion found that students ate less breakfast, fruits, vegetables and milk as they moved from elementary to junior high and middle school. Between the third to the eighth grades, fruit consumption fell by 41 percent and vegetable consumption dropped by 25 percent. Soft drink consumption tripled, often at the expense of healthier alternatives, such as milk and fruit juice. Therefore - as a teenager - you can be aware of what you have perhaps cut out of your diet as you have gotten older and become allowed more freedom in chossing what you will eat.

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