Study: Snacks contributing to kids obesity epidemic

March 2, 2010 10:41:47 AM PST
Children today snack about three times a day, but what they are eating could be causing them to pack on unwanted pounds.

New research shows that youngsters consume about 168 more calories from snacks than children did in 1977. They eat more salty snacks, candy and sweetened beverages than children did 33 years ago. They also eat fewer fruits vegetables and dairy products as snacks.

The findings confirm previous studies which indicate snacking is contributing to the rising rates of childhood obesity.

The study will be reported in next month's issue of Health Affairs.