WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – A recent study shows childhood obesity can successfully be curbed with laws that limit the sale of junk food and sweet drinks.
According to the Associated Press, a study released Monday in the journal Pediatrics found that children actually gained less weight from fifth through eighth grades while living in states with stringent, consistent laws, as opposed to no laws, governing the snacks available to children in schools.
The study looked at date of 6,300 students across 40 states, and showed that children who were overweight in the fifth grade were far more likely to reach a healthier weight by the eighth grade in states with the strongest snack laws.
The lead author of the report, Daniel Taber from the University of Illinois at Chicago, says the results show that “for these laws to be effective, they need to be consistently strong in all grades.”
About one in three children (ages 2-19) in the United States are already overweight or obese, according to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
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