Children tend to gain weight over summer holidays

Children tend to gain weight over Summer Holidays

School districts nationwide have been removing sugary drinks and junk food from their campuses, and those measures may be working to reduce obesity in schools. But studies suggest that youngsters may be most likely to pack on pounds when they are home for summer vacation. In a large study in The American Journal of Public Health, researchers tracked 5,380 children through kindergarten and first grade at 310 schools. They found that body mass index accelerated at a faster rate during summer recess than the school year. “Many non school environments are relatively unstructured and unsupervised,” they wrote, “allowing children to indulge in sedentary activities and excessive snacking.” – as Reported in NYT and published in IE on July 6, 2013