An Ounce Of Nutrition

Why Food Reform?


We are a nation in crisis! As childhood obesity continues to rise, so do the incidences of chronic diseases once only seen in adults. If we continue down this path, our children are projected to be the first generation in history to live a shorter life span than their parents.

  • One out of three American children is overweight or obese
  • Over the past three decades, childhood obesity in the U.S. has doubled among children ages 2 to 5 and more than tripled among children ages 6 to 19.
  • Overweight children are more likely to have type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol – all are risk factors for heart disease
  • An overweight adolescent has a 70% chance of becoming an overweight or obese adult. Obese 6-to-8-year-olds are approximately 10 times more likely to become obese adults than those with a lower body mass index
  • Nearly 1 in 4 Colorado children (ages 2 to 14) are overweight or obese
  • Colorado has the 2nd-fastest-growing rate of childhood obesity in the nation

On the nutritional front, contributing factors to this complex issue include:


  • Children are not consuming enough fruits and vegetables. Only 16% of kids in Colorado consume at least two servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
  • Youth visit fast food restaurants frequently.
  • Kids and teens are accustomed to huge portion sizes, especially of sodas, energy drinks, and other high-sugar beverages.
  • Processed foods are often offered at a cheap price.
  • Unhealthy foods can often be found in the school cafeteria.
  • Children and teens are targeted by frequent advertising of unhealthy foods.


And to top it off, youth rarely, if ever, have the opportunity to learn about where food comes from, what it contains, and the importance of making healthy choices.


By creating and inspiring youth food advocates, An Ounce Of Nutrition offers a way to stem the tide.