U.S. Kids Eating Fewer Calories

    WOODBOURNE, NY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Children eat breakfast at the federally-funded Head Start Program school on September 20, 2012 in Woodbourne, New York. The school provides early education, nutrition and health services to 311 children from birth through age 5 from low-income families in Sullivan County, one of the poorest counties in the state of New York. The children receive 2/3 of their daily nutritional needs through meals, which include breakfast, lunch and snack, that are prepared at the school and served family-style in classrooms. The county Head Start program was expanded with a $1 million grant from President Obama's 2009 stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Head Start, administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the longest-running early education program for children of low-income families in the United States.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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    In one of the first glimmers of hope in the fight against obesity, American children consumed fewer calories in 2010 than they did a decade earlier—but the obesity rate for children remained flat, a federal study released Thursday showed. The obesity rate for adults is slowly starting to decline, although researchers cautioned that the decrease is still marginal. It’s not more exercise in adults causing the receding waistlines—researchers said that energy intake hadn’t increased, but rather fast-food consumption is on the decline. Americans still consume about a third of their calories outside the home, and some demographic groups still get plenty of calories from fast food, with the highest being blacks between 20 to 39, who get a fifth of their calories from fast food.

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