Americans are eating less healthy, except at school
TUESDAY, April 13, 2021 (HealthDay News) – With a deep dive into the way Americans eat, a new dietary study has found that where people eat is not wrong nutrition regulates the day, with one key exception: schools.
The conclusion is based on surveys of 61,000 adults and children between 2003 and 2018. Respondents ’responses revealed that the quality of much of the food they are receiving from restaurants, grocery stores, workplaces, entertainment venues and food trucks has been maintained. constantly poor over the years.
But a very different picture is happening in American schools. During the study period, children found that the poor food content of school meals (as a percentage of all food offered at school) fell by more than half, from only 57% to 24%.
“That’s a very noteworthy finding of our research,” said lead author Junxiu Liu, an assistant professor in the health science and policy department at the Icahn Medical School on Mount Sinai in New York. (During the study, Liu was a postdoctoral student at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston).
“At all group and income levels, the nutritional quality of school-eaten meals and snacks has improved tremendously during the study period,” he noted.
Not coincidentally, Liu stressed that when the review period was passed in 2010 under the “Healthy and Hungry Children Act,” the Obama administration made an effort to establish higher national nutrition standards in schools across the nation.
And the result, Liu said, “is the healthiest place for Americans to eat right now.”
Problem? According to researchers, on average, school meals account for only 9% of all food that children get during the year.
In total, nearly 21,000 children (ages 5 to 19) and nearly 40,000 adults (with an average age of 47) participated in eight consecutive national surveys of 16 years. The surveys looked at the actual food consumed, not just what it was to buy.