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California High School Students Consuming Fewer Calories

May 14, 2012
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California bans soft drinks and junk food in vending machines in the schools.  The goal is to reduce the number of calories in the students’ diet.

A new study shows they have succeeded. The average high school student consumes 168 fewer calories per day than students in other states. California students get 21.5% of their daily calories from school food. Students in other states in the study get 28.4%.

Researchers say people can avoid long-term weight gain by cutting out just 100 to 200 extra calories a day.  This news is good for Hispanic students “given the high prevalence of obesity among Hispanic youth.”

An expert recommended that states replace junk foods with fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Iowa is the only state that requires that half the food in school lunch meals contain whole grains.

The New York Times

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