For the Overweight, Bad Advice by the Spoonful

A study that was conducted over three years in 40 states, is likely to stoke the debate over government efforts to reduce obesity rates.

The study, published Monday in Pediatrics, found a strong association between healthier weight and tough state laws regulating food in vending machines, snack bars and other venues that were not part of the regular school meal programs. Such snacks and drinks are known as competitive foods, because they compete with school breakfasts and lunches.
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