Health Day: U.S. teens eat too much salt, hiking obesity risk, study says

Mon, 02/03/2014 - 3:12pm
Georgia Regents University

Health Day: Feb. 3, 2014

American teens are taking in as much dietary salt as adults, far exceeding guidelines on healthy limits for daily consumption, new research warns. Dr. Haidong Zhu, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Institute of Public and Preventive Health at Georgia Regents University, and her colleagues reported their findings online Feb. 3 in the journal Pediatrics. The investigation tracked the week-long eating habits of more than 760 black and white high school kids. It found that, on average, teens now ingest a whopping 3,280 milligrams (mg) of sodium (salt) every day. That amounts to more than double the uppermost recommended level of 1,500 mg of sodium per day set forth by the American Heart Association. The research article was also published in several other publications, including Yahoo! Health, Medical Xpress, The Philadelphia Inquirer,, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s website. Read U.S. teens eat too much salt, hiking obesity risk


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