Study: Healthier School Meal Programs Helped Poorer Kids Beat Obesity
Posted by Health Affairs Journal on August 11, 2020
Just how healthy has the introduction of healthier new meals at America’s schools been for kids? A new study ties the policy move to about a half-million fewer obese U.S. children.
The study covered kids aged 10 to 17. It found that after the introduction in 2012-2013 of school meals with less fat/sugar and more whole grains, the risk of obesity fell by 47% among kids from low-income families.
All of that has translated to an estimated 500,000 fewer obese poor American children, according to the research team.
Read the journal article: https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/10.1377/hlthaff.2020.00133
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