Trends in the Nutrition of Children

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey put out a report on the energy intake for children and aged 2-19 from 1999-2000 through 2009-2010.  The report, Trends in Intake of Energy and Macronutrients in Children and adolescents From 1999-2000 Through 2009-2010, highlights trends in energy and macronutrients among U.S. children presented by sex, age group, and race and ethnicity.

Key findings from the report:

  • Caloric intakes for most of the age groups decreased between 1999-2000 and 2009-2010.
  • The percentage of total kilocalories from protein generally increased for children and adolescents except for non-Hispanic black girls.
  • The percentage of total kilocalories from carbohydrate decreased for non-Hispanic white boys and girls and for non-Hispanic black boys.
  • The percentage of total kilocalories from total fat or saturated fat for children and adolescents changed very little.

Mean macronutrient intake for children and adolescents aged 2–19 years, by sex, 1999–2010

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