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Weight Loss: School Eating Surveys

School Eating Habits Survey (1)
A recent study, published in the July issue of the American Journal of Public Health, examined the association between middle school students' dietary behaviors and the presence of a la carte lines, snack and beverage vending machines and fried potatoes served at school.

School Eating Habits Survey Results
The most striking finding was that kids from schools with a la carte programs ate fewer fruits and vegetables (a whole serving less per day) and more fat and saturated fat than kids who went to schools without such programs. More specifically, kids with a la carte programs in their schools exceeded USDA's daily recommendations for fat, while those without met the recommendations. More than 90 percent of schools in the country run a la carte programs, often to generate revenue for financially strapped food service departments. Unlike the school lunch program, however, these offerings don't need to meet dietary guidelines.

School Eating Habits Survey (2)
A 2000 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey (School Health Policies and Programs Study) showed that: 73 percent of schools offer fruits or vegetables on a la carte lines, 63 percent offer 100 percent percent fruit or vegetables juices , 53 percent offer salads. The same survey does show, however, that 59 percent offer baked goods not low in fat compared to 39.5 percent that offer baked goods low in fat; nearly the same percentage of schools offer low fat and high fat salty snacks.

Source: Washington Post 2000

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