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Snacking Linked To Childhood Obesity

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- The rate of obesity in American children continues to creep up -- rising from 14.8 percent in 2003 to more than 16 percent in 2007 among kids 10 to 17 years of age.

A major reason for the increase? American kids are eating more than they should.

Did we really need a study to know that overeating was a leading cause of obesity?


Asked by mancosmomma at 8:28 PM on Mar. 2, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Did we really need a study to know that overeating was a leading cause of obesity?


    Answer by mommymeg03 at 8:42 PM on Mar. 2, 2010

  • I have issue with the term 'snacking' eating healthy snacks several times a day is a great defense against obesity but junk food isn't.

    Answer by truealaskanmom at 8:32 PM on Mar. 2, 2010

  • (i can't open the link on my bb).. Was the study funded by a government grant? Then yes, they needed to spend government money to justify 'some' academics purpsoe for drawing a paycheck...This common sense knowledge is the result... Death of Common Sense in America...


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:34 PM on Mar. 2, 2010

  • I think the study is a load of crap! My son snacks constantly and has not an ounce of fat on him....guess why....he doesnt he twinkies. He eats organic food, healthy food, no processed food, no HFCS. Snacking all day is NOT the problem, snacking crap IS the problem. It is proven if you eat 5-6 small meals a day of healthy food your metabolism works better!

    Answer by enetsala at 8:45 PM on Mar. 2, 2010

  • healthy snacks! Eating often is better but not crap.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:46 PM on Mar. 2, 2010

  • even eating too many health snacks can lead to obesity. it's not just about WHAT you eat. it's also about eating HABITS.

    Answer by outstandingLove at 8:52 PM on Mar. 2, 2010

  • Eating small portions many times a day is better for you. It is called "grazing" and my kids do it. Neither one of them are fat. They eat healthy food not processed food full of sugar and artificial additives. It does depend on how much you eat vs. how much you burn. You do have to get up and move around also.

    Answer by NikkiMomof2grls at 8:54 PM on Mar. 2, 2010

  • We just had an interview about this on All Things Considered a little while ago.

    Answer by gdiamante at 8:55 PM on Mar. 2, 2010

  • LOL! Excessive calories leads to excessive thighs! Who knew!!!

    Answer by whiteroses82 at 9:00 PM on Mar. 2, 2010

  • What?  I'm shocked!  Who knew that twinkies and chips could make you fat!


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:02 PM on Mar. 2, 2010

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