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Unhappy meals? Majority of very young children in California eat fast food at least once a week
Date:11/26/2013

health problems," Holtby said.

Other key findings from the study:

Asian children eat the fewest fruits and vegetables

Defying the stereotype of the vegetable-rich Asian diet, Asian children were found to eat the fewest fruits and vegetables of any group only 40 percent ate at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, compared with 56 percent of all the state's children.

Poverty and influence

Parents living in the poorest households those below 100 percent of the federal poverty level were less likely than parents in all other income groups to say they have "a lot" of influence over what their children eat.

Simple solutions

The authors noted that the data can help identify communities that may benefit from targeted messages about healthy eating and could help promote programs and policies that support parents in offering healthier options to their very young children. For example, an educational campaign to encourage parents to swap fruit juice for actual fruit would go far in reducing unnecessary sugar and increasing fiber and other nutrients, the authors noted.

"Simple messages and programs can reinforce what every parent wants the good health of their children," said Camille Maben, executive director of First 5 California, which funded the study. "This shows there is more work to be done to reach families with the critical education and support they need."


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Contact: Gwen Driscoll
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310-794-0930
University of California - Los Angeles
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