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Children Are Consuming Fewer Calories, CDC Says

Steven Puetzer/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- While 17 percent of American children and adolescents are still obese, they are consuming fewer calories than they were a decade ago, according to a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey says boys are now taking in about 2,100 calories a day, while girls are consuming 1,755.  That's down from the 2,258 and 1,831 calories boys and girls, respectively, took in between 1999 and 2000.

In the survey, the CDC also notes that kids are now getting more of their calories from protein and less from carbohydrates.

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