Academic journal article The Science Teacher

School Nutrition Programs

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

School Nutrition Programs

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With obesity becoming an epidemic among school-age children in this country, a Georgia State University professor has found a link between overweight children and federal school nutrition programs.

Research reveals that children who eat lunch as part of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) have an increased likelihood of becoming overweight, according to research coauthored by Rusty Tchernis, associate professor with Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. The findings also show that the School Breakfast Program (SBP) is a "valuable tool in the current battle against childhood obesity," according to the research.

"Overweight children are more likely to become obese adults," Tchernis says. "So the only way to reduce obesity is to prevent it from happening in children."

The study, published in The Journal of Human Resources, was coauthored by Muna Husain and Daniel Millimet, both of Southern Methodist University. For the study, Tchernis and his coauthors analyzed the relationship between the SBP and the NSLP and obesity using data on over 13,500 primary school students. …

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