(StatePoint) Every day, Americans consume an average of 100 excess calories that, if removed, could halt rising obesity levels by 2020. A study that appeared in the May 2012 American Journal of Preventative Medicine concluded that to close the “energy gap” for children, a daily reduction of 41 calories per child and adolescent would halt rising obesity levels by 2020. Additionally, reducing an average of 100 calories daily per adult will close the adult energy gap, say experts.
Fortunately, American food companies have been working together to halt this trend. In May 2010, the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) made a commitment to reduce 1.5 trillion calories from the marketplace by the end of 2015. Already, the HWCF has exceeded that commitment by 400 percent cutting 6.4 trillion calories from the marketplace.
While HWCF’s efforts are making great strides, individuals can also take steps to stay healthy. Being physically active, eating smaller portion sizes and incorporating more fruits and vegetables into one’s diet are all great ways to maintain a healthy weight.
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