The American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has discovered that today's American children take in 150 calories a day more than their peers in 1989.
Why are there more and more pregnant children?Although the study is supposed to apply to American youth, its findings are probably true for Hungarian children as well. It takes 3500 calories to increase our body weight by about 40 decagrams (1 pound). An average American child nowadays carries so much extra calories that, in ten days, he will be 1 pound lighter than his comparable counterpart in 1989. This translates to an additional weight of 18 pounds (8 kg) per year.
Have the children become thirstier or the parents more lenient? Probably both, since it is not just the kids who eat much more. In 1971, an average American man consumed 2,450 calories a day and a woman consumed 1,542 calories. By 2000, however, the daily calorie intake of men increased to 2,618 (7%) and that of women to 1,877 calories. (This is an 18% increase, or 335 plus calories every day!) The real reason is that the foods Americans consume today are completely different from what they have consumed 20 to 30 years ago. :