Delaware has the 23rd highest adult obesity rate in the nation, and the 16th highest obesity rate for youth ages 10 to 17.
Only 19.5% of Delawareans age 18 and older eat the recommended five or more servings a day.
As of November 2016, there were 642 fast-food restaurants in Delaware, almost 60 percent of which are in New Castle County, according the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“The combination of high sugar content and acid makes soda especially damaging to teeth, and dentists see the devastating effects of this in our practices every day,” said CDA President Del Brunner, DDS. “Tooth decay is the No. 1 chronic childhood disease and it affects children’s ability to chew, speak properly and learn in school…” –
Diabetes cases in 2010 – 79,275
Projected cases of diabetes in 2030 at current pace – 121,193
According to a 2015 survey by the Division of Public Health, 41.7 percent of Delawareans did not meet the CDC’s guidelines for physical activity. The agency recommends adults exercise 150 minutes a week at a moderate intensity.
In the U.S. childhood obesity alone is estimated to cost $14 billion annually in direct health expenses.
Children with obesity are at higher risk of having other chronic health conditions and diseases that influence physical health. These include asthma, sleep apnea, bone and joint problems, type 2 diabetes, and risk factors for heart disease.
Children with obesity are bullied and teased more than their normal weight peers and are more likely to suffer from social isolation, depression, and lower self-esteem.
Every teaspoons of sugar is equal to 4 grams of sugar. The average teenager consumes 28 teaspoons of sugar or 112 grams of sugar a day!
Two out of three adults and one out of three children in the United States are overweight or obese
Sugary drinks (soda, energy, sports drinks) are the top calorie source in teens’ diets (226 calories per day), beating out pizza (213 calories per day).
One study found that for each additional 12-ounce soda children consumed each day, the odds of becoming obese increased by 60% during 1½ years of follow-up.