Monday, April 28, 2008

New Study: Cutting Fat & Sugar in Schools

by Andrea Bossenmeyer

The new issue of The Journal of Pediatrics, published a Temple University study showing the true power schools do have in reducing rates of obesity.

The researchers chose to examine schools impact in reducing obesity, factoring in that kids eat 1-2 meals at school per day. They went into 10 schools and revamped their menus. Soda was replaced with water, fruit juice and low-fat milk; snacks were capped at 7 grams of total fat and 2 grams of saturated fat; and candy was eliminated. Additional factors besides nutrition revamp, was nutrition education and parental involvement.

The research study was successful in reducing the amount of new cases of obesity by half; however was unsuccessful in reducing the amount of children who were already obese.

To read more : Philadelphia Study