The current obesity of adults with the U.S According to a new study by researchers at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, dietary changes decades ago may be the result. “Most public health studies specialize in current behaviors and diets. We take a new approach and look at how the foods we consumed in our childhoods affect adult obesity,” said Alex Bentley, head of the UT Department. Excessive sugar intake, especially sugar-sweetened beverages, may contribute greatly to childhood and adult obesity.
Increasing the amount of childhood sugar associated with adult obesity
If excessive sugar consumption has a lasting effect on childhood, the changes we see in adult fat ratios are likely to occur when children start eating decades ago. Hilary Fouts, a study and cultural anthropologist and a professor at the UT Department of Child and Family Studies, said: “Sugar consumption may be the most common cause of increased fat in children during pregnancy.
Researchers tested their model using the National Immunization Information collected from 2004 to 1990 by the Centers for Disease Management and Prevention. They compare the annual sugar consumption from 1970 to the per capita rates issued by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Before 2000, most of the sugar consumption came from high sugar syrup (HFCS), that after 1970, quickly become the primary sweetener in soft drinks and a standard ingredient in processed foods. At peak sugar consumption, in 1999, every person in the United States consumed, on average, around 60 pounds of HFCS each year and more than 400 calories per day in total excess sugars.
US sugar consumption has declined since 2000. “If 2016 turns out to be the obesity rate,” Bentley added, “that is coincidentally one generation after the peak in excess sugar consumption.” Researchers are conducting studies in the area on the effects of sugary drinks
In an article from Palgrave Communications 2018, Bentley and his colleagues in the early 1990s found that lower rates of national income and higher rates of obesity were significant. A study conducted in 1990 year found that the correlation between obesity and social media increased to a strong correlation in 2016 and that there was no correlation in the 1990s.