Using data from the third School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study, this study estimates the association between school food environments and practices and children’s likelihood for obesity. (Obesity was defined as having a body mass index greater than the 95th percentile for their age.) The national study involved more than 2,200 children in 287 schools. The findings suggest that offering low-nutrient, energy-dense foods (french fries, desserts) more than once a week (in elementary schools) or in vending machines (in middle schools) is associated with a higher likelihood of obesity.
Published: February 2009
ID #: 57930
Journal: J Am Diet Assoc
Authors: Fox MK, Dodd AH, Wilson A, Gleason PM
Resource Type: Journal Article
Focus Area: School & After School
Disparities in Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened and Other Beverages by Race/Ethnicity and Obesity Status Among United States SchoolchildrenThis article examines disparities in the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and other beverages among U.S. schoolchildren by race/ethnicity and obesity status using national data from the third School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study (SNDA-III). Researchers found that beverage consumption patterns did not substantially differ by obesity status, but they did differ by race/ethnicity in the More