In the 2 decades from 1999 to 2018, ultraprocessed foods consistently accounted for the majority of energy intake by American young people, a large cross-sectional study of National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data shows.
In young people aged 2-19 years, the estimated percentage of total energy from consumption of ultraprocessed foods increased from 61.4% to 67.0%, for a difference of 5.6% (95% confidence interval [CI] 3.5-7.7, P São Paulo Research Foundation. Coauthor Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, a cardiologist at Tufts University, disclosed support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Rockefeller Foundation as well as personal fees from several commercial companies. He has served on several scientific advisory boards and received royalties from UpToDate, all outside of the submitted work. Meyer reported a grant from choline manufacturer Balchem. Taillie reported funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Zhang had no disclosures. Katzow disclosed no competing interests.