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Some Local 5 Year Olds Surpass 100 Lbs On Scale

BSA nutritionist Micah Wing BSA nutritionist Micah Wing

By Megan Moore
NewsChannel 10

AMARILLO, TEXAS - Local children as young as five years old are teetering past the 100 pound mark on the scale.

The number of obese children between the ages of two and five has doubled in the last 30 years.

It has tripled in children ages six to eleven, and quadrupled in kids ages 12 to 19.

There are a myriad of factors for why this is happening, one of them being the massive portion sizes we eat today, compared with even ten years ago.

BSA nutritionist Micah Wing says, "our portion sizes continue to increase. With candy bars we have king size candy bars. Even with our produce. Bananas are one and a half times the size they were ten years ago."

Not only that, but kids meals today are the size adult meals were 20 years ago at fast food restaurants.

Children end up in Wing's clinic when they have exhausted all other avenues to improve their health, and their doctors have ruled out genetics as the reason for their obesity.

She says it is up to their parents - since they are the ones buying the groceries - to stock up on healthy foods, and to learn how many servings of each food group their children should have.

But she adds it is not always easy to get parents to listen and to change their ways, especially when it comes to children.

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