March 7, 2010

Fights Childhood Obesity

1 Ban on Junk Food in Schools Proves Effective

Today, one in three children is overweight and, while rates leveled off recently, childhood obesity is pandemic. California, the first state to restrict the sale of junk foods and eliminate sodas from public school cafeterias, saw a decrease in the number of overweight children three years after the policies went into effect, according to a SF State University study published in the journal Health Affairs. Said Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh, assistant professor at SF State and one of the study’s authors, "Although policy makers cannot directly influence student behavior, our study shows that governmental policies can help define the environment in which children learn to make food choices and thus shape the food behaviors, influencing overweight trends in entire student populations."

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Government to Push Junk Food out of Schools

Tags: Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh, Junk Food, School Lunches

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