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The number of calories consumed by the average American
adult reached a peak in 2003, but those numbers are finally starting to go
down. The average American now drinks 25 percent less soda than in the late
1990s, at which time he or she was drinking 40 gallons a year.
Children between the ages of two and five have made an
impressive improvement with a 43 percent drop in the obesity rate in the past
decade. The average calorie consumption of children is also down by 9 percent.
More than a third of Americans are still obese, but experts
believe that they are spending less money on food. However, Americans are still
eating too much junk food and not nearly enough fruits and vegetables. There is hope that this may start to change, now that Americans seem to be more
aware of the health effects of a poor diet.
"I think people are hearing the message and diet is slowing
improving," Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, head of nutrition science at Tufts
University, told Daily Mail.
Efforts are being made to encourage better eating habits
across America. First lady Michelle Obama continues to campaign for healthy eating
and fitness programs, and President Obama's 2010 Affordable Care Act forces
chain restaurants to publish the calorie content of their food items. New York
has begun to limit the types of food in day care centers, and Philadelphia is
subsidizing fruits and vegetables for low-income households.