No link found between childhood obesity and junk food in schools

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Junk food does not cause obesity in middle school students.

Kids who attend schools that sell junk food such as soda and doughnuts do not gain more weight than students who attend schools where that type of food isn’t available, according to a new study of nearly 20,000 middle schoolers.

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Soda Taxes Won’t Cut Obesity According to New Study

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Soda taxes have been proposed as a means to induce healthier consumption, and to cut down on costly related diseases like diabetes in the process.

A new study finds only the middle class — not the rich or the poor — are likely to change their behavior with a soda tax.  Opponents of so-called soda taxes often argue that they would disproportionately punish low-income people. The poor buy more pop than the rich, who you’d more likely find in line at a fresh-fruit smoothie bar than in the carbonated beverage aisle at the grocery store, the thinking goes.

 

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Nutrition Expert Loses 27 Pounds in 10 Weeks on a Twinkie Diet

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Professor Haub – who lost 27lb – teaches human nutrition at Kansas State University in the U.S.

A professor who went on a ten-week diet based on cream cakes, snacks, sugary cereals and biscuits says he lost nearly two stone. Mark Haub said that on the ‘convenience store diet’ his ‘bad’ cholesterol also dropped by 20 per cent and his level of triglycerides, a form of fat, by 39 per cent.

 

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Study: Kids Get 40% of Their Calories from Junk Food

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40% of calories consumed by kids comes from junk food.

It’s no wonder that kids are blowing up like balloons more every year. According to Kids Health, the percentage of overweight children in the United States is growing at an alarming rate–one out of three kids are now considered overweight or obese. And even worse, a new study released by the National Cancer Institute and reported on Civil Eats found that nearly 40 percent of calories consumed by children ages 2 to 18 were empty calories, the unhealthiest kind of calories, derived from junk food.

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The Astonishing Amount of Junk Food One Child Eats Per Year in the UK

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One year’s worth of junk food consumed by children in the UK.

This shocking picture, with its piles of oven chips, mini rolls and tubs of ice cream, represents just how much junk food one child in the UK consumes in a year.  It is perhaps unsurprising then that today’s children have been labeled the ‘junk food generation’, with a third of youngsters aged five to 13 already considered obese.

 

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