We live in a world full of unhealthy options. According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, for the first time in our country's history, today's children are likely to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. The reason for a shorter life expectancy is attributed to the obesity epidemic.
Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. Poor nutrition and lack of physical activity start in childhood but can be seen across the life span. In a study done by the Wood County Health Department in 2005, 34 percent of third-graders were overweight or obese. Among Wood County adult residents, 76 percent consume less than the recommended five fruits and vegetables per day with 50 percent of them being physically inactive.
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