Some schools offer breakfast in the classroom to ensure that hungry children start the day with a full stomach so they’re ready to learn. But this may have an unintended consequence — it may raise the risk of childhood obesity. New research found that when kids in fourth through sixth grade were offered breakfast in the classroom at the start of the school day, the incidence of obesity more than doubled compared with kids who did not eat in the classroom (11.6 percent versus 4.4 percent, respectively). “We didn’t find an effect on overall overweight and obesity, but we did find that the proportion of kids with obesity increased in schools with breakfast in the classroom,” said the study’s lead author, Katherine Bauer. “It’s important to keep in mind, this isn’t a study about whether to have breakfast in school or not,” Bauer added. All of the children had access to a free breakfast if they wanted it. Instead, the researchers were trying to see if there was any effect on weight if breakfast was universally available in the classroom during regular school hours versus before school in the cafeteria, said Bauer. She’s an assistant professor of nutritional sciences at… Read full this story
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