Families With Preschoolers Buying Fewer High Calorie Foods

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A new study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine reports that families with young children are buying fewer high calorie processed foods and drinks, which may be a factor in declining childhood obesity rates.

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“Somewhere between 2003 and 2010, the upward trend in childhood obesity started to stall, leveling off around 2007,” said lead study author Christopher Ford, M.P.H. of the department of nutrition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Using data from between 2000 and 2011, researchers studied the food and beverage purchases from nearly 43,000 U.S. homes having a preschool-age child.