As is sometimes the case around here, the kid/food news items are piling up so fast, we need a Friday round-up!
Bad News re: Kids and Fast Food
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new report this week indicating that one in three kids between the ages of 2 and 19 eats fast food on a given day. The data gathered was from 2011-12 and it shows no signficant change from data collected 15 years ago. While not examined by the CDC, it seems reasonable to conclude that aggressive youth marketing by fast food chains plays a role. More here from NPR.
Bad News re: Kids and Candy
In a new study, the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity has found that, despite promises from candy makers to curb their youth advertising, children’s exposure to candy ads has actually seen a 74 percent increase. The researchers concede that not all of those ads were explicitly kid-directed, but kids were exposed to them nonetheless. More here from Medical Daily.
Longer Lunch Hours = Healthier Kids
In a finding that’s both obvious and depressing, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have found that kids with too-short school lunch periods consume significantly less of their entrée, milk, and vegetables as compared with students who have more time to eat. The study’s authors recommend that school policies “encourage lunches with at least 25 minutes of seated time might reduce food waste and improve dietary intake.” Unfortunately, that’s easier said than done at many schools.
Can Picky Eaters Be Reformed?
Over on the New York Times Motherlode blog, two friends of TLT, Sally Sampson of Chop Chop magazine and child feeding expert Natalie Digate Muth, MD, are starting a second “Picky Eater Project.” If you didn’t follow the first one on Motherlode, this is a series of posts in which Sampson and another expert work with a real family to help change children’s picky eating habits. If you have a “selective” eater in your own home, I think you’ll find the upcoming series both useful and reassuring.
“It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch” Wraps Up Next Week
Finally, I hope you’ve been enjoying the guest posts of my team of lunch-packing experts in TLT’s annual “It Takes a Village” series. We’ll wrap it up next week with a post from Dr. Dina Rose of It’s Not About Nutrition, as well as a terrific giveaway from Aviva Goldfarb at the Six O’Clock Scramble. Stay tuned!
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Have a great weekend, everyone! See you next week.
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