Nutrition is essential for proper growth and development. Poor eating habits can greatly contribute to preventable illnesses and premature deaths. Research from the National Center for Health Statistics indicates that dietary factors like too much saturated fat, not enough fruits and vegetables, calcium deficiency and too many calories are associated with coronary heart disease, some cancers, stroke, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and obesity. Over the past twenty years, the rate of people that are either overweight or obese has increased dramatically. In Chester County:
55% of adults report that they are overweight
20% report that they are obese
approximately 39% of Chester County adults report that a health care professional advised them to lose weight*.
Excess overeating and lack of physical activity are the leading causes of obesity. These habits are formed in childhood and continue throughout adulthood so it is important for children to learn healthy habits and it is never too late to improve your health, at any age.