May 26, 2013

Often by 500 Calories or More

1 Diners Way Underestimate Fast-Food Calories

According to a study of 3,400 adults, teenagers, and parents of school-age children conducted by Harvard Medical School researchers, Americans who patronize fast-food restaurants grossly underestimate the amount of calories in their orders, and do so across the board. Specifically, adults estimated their meals' calorie count at 661, while the actual number averaged 836, a difference of 175 calories, or 21 percent. Teens were even further off, with their estimate of 497 calories falling way short of the actual 756, a difference of 258, or 32 percent. Even parents of young children failed the accuracy test, estimating the calorie count in their kids' meals at 558, while the true count was 733, a miss of 175 calories, or 24 percent. One in four people were off by 500 or more calories.

More at Health.usnews.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Calories in Fast Food, Estimating Fast Food Calories, Americans Underestimate Calories, Fast Food More Caloric Than You Think

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Helps Explain 17% Obesity Rate

2 Experts: US School Kids Get Too Little PE

The Institute of Medicine has issued a report recommending that schools nationwide declare PE to be a core subject along with math and English, and provide at least 60 minutes of physical activity opportunities per day for students. The report noted that while about three-fourths of the states now mandate PE, few specify a time requirement, and only some 30 percent of students actually attend PE classes five days a week. As a result, only about half of American children get one hour of vigorous or moderate physical activity over the course of an entire day. The report recommended at least 30 minutes a day in PE classes for elementary school students and 45 minutes a day for middle and high school students. It also encouraged having students walk, cycle or skateboard to school.

More at Washington.cbslocal.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: One-Third of California Teens Shun PE

Tags: Physical Education Classes, U.S. Kids Need More PE, PE Class and Obesity, Make PE a Core Subject, The Institute of Medicine

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