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Teens Consume More Snacks Than Ever

Posted May 3, 2001

— Teenagers are consuming more calories than they did 20 years ago, according to research conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Researchers found teens are bigger snackers today than they were in 1977. They snack more often -- twice a day -- and those snacks contain lard and sugar than ever before.

If kids have the time and the cash they grab their favorite snacks: french fries, chips, chocolate.

Kids can be offered healthier foods, but they have to choose them. So why don't they? Experts say eating is a habit that starts at home.

"Children need to learn at an early age from the family members, from parents, what are healthy items, what are considered snack items that should be eaten sparingly," says school nutritionist Mark Rusin.

The UNC study says 20 to 25 percent of children are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight because of their habits.

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