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Children who go to public schools and take part in lunch or breakfast programs are 3 lbs heavier
Thursday, April 15, 2010 11:30 am Email this article
Children who attend public schools and who are taking part in the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program are roughly 3 pounds heavier versus children in private schools who are not part of the lunch or breakfast programs according to a new study.
The National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program are free or reduced-cost lunch or breakfast programs at public schools.
“Eligibility for free or reduced-cost lunch or breakfast programs at public schools is positively correlated with children’s BMI,” the authors concluded.
“Children attending public schools are more likely to be overweight,” they continued.
“In lower socioeconomic status households, school type does not have a significant effect on the probability of being overweight.”
Li J, Hooker N. Childhood obesity and schools: Evidence from the national survey of children’s health. J Sch Health. 2010 Feb, 80(2):96-103.
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