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Regularly eating school lunches increases risk of obesity in boys and girls by 29%
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 11:20 am Email this article
Regularly eating school lunches increased the the odds of obesity in both middle-school boys and girls by 29 percent according to a study from researchers at the University of Michigan.
“Although we were not able to examine the specific nutritional content of school lunches, previous research suggests school lunches include nutrient-poor and calorie-rich foods,” said cardiologist and senior study author Elizabeth Jackson, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School.
Subjects: 1714 sixth grade students from Michigan
The study involved 1,714 sixth grade students from 20 schools in southeastern Michigan with a median age of 11-years-old who were enrolled in Project Healthy Schools.
Govindan M, Gurm R, Mohan S, Kline-Rogers E, Corriveau N, Goldberg C, DuRussel-Weston J, Eagle KA, and Jackson EA. Gender Differences in Physiologic Markers and Health Behaviors Associated With Childhood Obesity. Pediatrics, 2013 Aug 12; published on-line, http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2013/08/07/peds.2012-2994.
Author’s Contact Info
Elizabeth A. Jackson, MD
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Michigan Health System
Ann Arbor, Michigan USA
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