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Bake Sales In Schools Lead to Weight Woes

Posted Dec 18 2008 8:13pm

Schools that run bake sales and let teachers reward students with candy risk having more overweight students, a study in Minneapolis found.

The study looked at over 3,000 middle schoolers in Minneapolis-St. Paul, whose schools followed seven specific "food practices" that allowed kids access to food outside of the usual meal programs. Many of the schools used food as rewards and food for fundraising. The study concluded that the BMI of the kids was 10% higher for each food practice the school allowed.

See this Associated Press story about the study, which was published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

From Jennifer Moore

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