Unhealthy Food Intake
Unhealthy food intake is represented by the proportion of children that drink soda (e.g. coke, mountain dew, etc., diet soda not included) and sugar-sweetened beverages (e.g. Kool Aid, Gatorade, etc.) on an average day, and the proportion of children who eat fast food (e.g., McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Burger King, KFC, etc.) once a week or more often.
Soda and Sugar-sweetened Beverages
In 2017, 13% of WIC children drank regular soda or sugar-sweetened beverages on a typical day, a decrease from 20% in 2011 and 16% in 2014. Older children were more likely to drink soda and sugar-sweetened beverages than younger ones.
In 2017, 45% of WIC children ate fast food in a typical week. Older children were more likely to eat fast food than younger ones.
*Data source: Los Angeles County WIC Survey, 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2017 sample size approximately 5,000 in each year. For more details click here