New study sheds light on why kids are becoming dangerously overweight

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ROELAND PARK, Kan. -- A local doctor said a new study is shedding light on why more young kids are becoming dangerously overweight.

The CDC released data this week that claimed most packaged food for infants and toddlers has too much sugar. The study also claimed that food for toddlers contained too much salt.

Pediatrician Dr. Anna Esparham said the findings are significant because 25 percent of kids ranging in age from two to five are obese, and the numbers continue to grow.

The institute of medicine recommended that toddlers get no more than 210 milligrams of salt or sodium per serving.  The study found that average meals had 361 milligrams, that's 151 milligrams more than the recommended amount.

The study also found on average sugar accounted for 47 percent of the calories in mixed grains and fruit. A high sugar food was defined as more than 35 percent of calories per serving coming from sugar.

"That is a huge number and the reason why is because they're getting probably way too many carbohydrates, way too much sugar, not getting enough physical exercise." Dr. Esparham said.

Dr. Esparham said she encourages parents to read labels of prepackaged foods before buying for their kids and says kids foods such as cereal, cereal bars, crackers and high sugar yogurts should be given in moderation.



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