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In The Game Of Healthy Nutrition, Snacks Provided At Youth Sports Events Strike Out

April 24, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
Children who participate in organized youth sports like baseball usually benefit from the increased physical activity, social interaction and other positive health behaviors. But they are also increasing their risk for being overweight or obese because of the constant exposure to junk food, U.S. researchers report. The observational study tracked foods consumed by players (boys ages 8 to 12) and family members during 12 games at a youth baseball field in North Carolina. Most of the snacks provided at concession stands were high-calorie food items like French fries, candy and cookies. Most beverages were sugar-sweetened. The findings suggest that Little Leaguers may be leaving the ball park having consumed more calories than they expended.
Irby, Megan B. et al., "The Food Environment of Youth Baseball. Childhood Obesity", Childhood Obesity, April 24, 2014, © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
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