Local convenience stores may be to blame for childhood obesity - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/12/09

Local convenience stores may be to blame for childhood obesity

By Kristin Beerman | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Journal of Pediatrics shares some advice with parents about the indication that we can't just blame fast food drive-thru for the Nation's obesity epidemic in kids.

For many, the problem is growing at the corner convenience store. Researchers at Temple University surveyed 800 kids outside urban convenience stores before and after school. They found most kids are making a quick stop to buy high calorie low nutrition foods, like chips and candy. It may not come as much of a surprise, but the Journal suggests that obesity prevention efforts should focus on the corner convenience store and how convenient it is for kids to stop there on their way to and from school.

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