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Kids who snack more gain excess calories

October 12, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Kids who go to school near a convenience store may be more likely to be big snackers, and all that snacking can turn into excess weight.Researchers at Temple University observed 4th to 6th graders in low-income neighborhoods for six months.

They found kids spent an average of $1 a day, and consumed about 356 calories.

Forty-two percent of the kids went to convenience stores twice a day, which amounted to about 3,500 extra calories a week.

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