Childhood obesity reduced by stricter state and school policies on sugar and fat

A new study found that the right type of policies could help to reduce sugar and fat intake among American public school children, and ultimately help to reduce childhood obesity. Researchers analyzed data from elementary schools between 2008 and 2011. A total of 1,814 elementary schools in 957 districts and 45 states were surveyed for the food analysis, and 1,830 elementary schools in 962 districts for the beverage analysis. The researchers found that sweets were 11.2 percent less available when both the school district and the state had policies in place that limited sugar content in school lunches.

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Published on 07/15/2013