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Study Shows That Obese Kids Eat Healthful Foods When They Live Closer To Supermarkets

May 3, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Interventions to help obese children conquer their diet and weight problems work best when the families live near a supermarket, according to a Canadian study. The researchers analyzed data from a randomized, controlled clinical trial involving children aged  six to 12 in 14 pediatric practices in one state. The study compared the results of two different interventions that focused on the type of support provided to the families by the physicians. Though living closer to a supermarket did not affect consumption of sugary drinks, it did help increase the intake of fruits and vegetables. Kids who lived farther away also had larger body mass indexes.
Lauren G. Fiechtner et al., "Proximity to Supermarkets Modifies Intervention Effects on Diet and Body Mass Index Changes in an Obesity Randomized Trial", Study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting, May 03, 2014, © Fiechtner et al.
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