Study notes kids snacking more, skipping meals


November 11, 2010 2:35:29 PM PST
The American Dietetic Association said many U.S. children are eating more snacks and skipping breakfast and dinner.

Those are important meals that provide nutrients critical to development, behavior and overall health. The ADA said breakfast is rarely or never eaten by 12-percent of Caucasian and Hispanic children and 18-percent of African-American children.

The survey also found dinner rarely or never eaten by 3-percent of Caucasian children and 5-percent of African American and Hispanic children.

Researchers said since children are snacking throughout the day, parents and schools should offer nutrient-rich snacks to supplement any missed meals.