There were 14.79 million families with one child under 18 years living in the household in the United States in 2015, in comparison to 46.74 million families with no children. Recently reported figures compared the weekly grocery expenditure in U.S. households with or without children. The findings showed that households with children had higher grocery spending per week than households without kids. Besides higher grocery expenditure, food supply in many American households with children is also affected by economic conditions. A recent poll found that many U.S. families struggle when it comes to food security. Even though a major part of U.S. households with kids under 18 years old indicated to be food secure in 2015, some 16.6 percent said that they are food insecure.
A recent survey revealed that parents rate health and safety as number one concern when it comes to raising their child. The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention of the United States (CDC) annually study relevant information regarding the health state of U.S. children and adolescents. Their latest figures presented alarming results: over 20 percent of 12- to 19-year-old adolescents in the U.S. suffer from obesity. In order to fight against overweight, health and nutrition experts recommend a balanced diet and exercise on a regular basis.
In addition to the health status, the CDC tracks the food and beverage intake within the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The national representative survey sample is polled, among other information, about daily dietary habits including, for example, food energy intake or protein intake.
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