Putting Some Numbers into the Kids-Food Equation
Over the past 30 years, the percentage of children and adolescents who are overweight has tripled, and today about 18% of 6- to 19-year-olds are obese. The researchers at Dartmouth's Hood Center for Children and Families have spent a lot of time trying to figure out the causes of this problem and possible solutions. They recently published the results of a study of food options available at schools in New Hampshire and Vermont, finding, for example, that 90% of the schools sold sweetened drinks such as soda and that 35% offer Pop-Tarts, doughnuts, or muffins. The report has gained the attention of public-health groups interested in improving the eating habits—and health—of children. Click on the link below to read the full report. Or click here to read the Dartmouth Medicine article on the report.
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