Halloween Stats & Facts

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Halloween Stats & Facts

Halloween is the candy industry's perennial top holiday. This year, sales of sweets are expected to exceed the $2billion mark, a two percent increase from 2004 Halloween candy sales. (According to the National Confectioners Association)

More than 93 percent of children go trick-or-treating each year. (According to the National Confectioners Association)

According to U.S. Census data a large portion of the candy consumed by Americans every year is consumed by kids on and during the days immediately following Halloween. (U.S. Census Bureau)

Americans now average nearly 21 teaspoons of added sugar a day - that's approximately 68 pounds per year. (Eat Right Montana' s Real Guidelines for Real People: Straight Scoop on Sweets.)

The diet candy category, including low-carb, low-sugar and sugar-free offerings, has grown roughly 90 percent over the last year but still represents only three percent of overall candy sales. (According to the National Confectioners Association)

One serving size of candy corn (36 pieces) contains only 160 calories and 0g of fat . (According to ChildrenToday.com)

Ninety percent of parents admit to sneaking a few goodies from their children's trick-or-treat bags. Miniature chocolate bars are their favorite treat to snitch . (According to the National Confectioners Association)

Experts have found that sugar does not cause hyperactivity in children. The celebration or special event, not the foods eaten, is thought to be responsible for children's increased activity and excitement. (According to the National Confectioners Association)

Today, approximately 30.3 percent of children (ages 6 to 11) are overweight and 15.3 percent are obese. For adolescents (ages 12 to 19), 30.4 percent are overweight and 15.5 percent are obese. In fact, the obesity rate in youth has actually quadrupled over the last 25 years. (American Obesity Association)

Obesity is only half of the childhood nutrition paradox. Recent statistics show a large percentage of children are also undernourished. USDA data show that on a daily basis, 75 percent of girls' ages 12 - 19 do not receive the required amount of phosphorous; 60 percent lack an adequate intake of iron; and 47 percent fall short in their zinc consumption. Boys' ages 12 - 19 perform poorly too with 40 percent lacking the appropriate amount of phosphorous; 29 percent do not receive the right amount of zinc; and 11 percent lack an adequate intake of iron . (USDA)

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