Dine Out with Healthy Choices
Being overweight and obese are the second leading preventable cause of death in the United States and may soon overtake tobacco as the leading cause of death. Our children are also affected when they become overweight: we are now seeing adult diseases starting in children at younger and younger ages. Our children are the first generation predicted to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.
Currently 64% of Cayuga County adult residents are overweight or obese as compared with the New York State rate of 61%. Our children are 38% overweight or obese compared with the New York State rate of 33%.
Today, one-third of the calories we consume are from eating out. Most of these meals are quick lunches, dinners or snacks. Eating out is linked with consuming extra calories resulting in overweight and obesity.