Children in day care prone to be more overweight, study finds


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  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Dec. 8, 2012 5:20 p.m.

    Snacks are common in daycare settings, and usually aren't carrot and celery sticks. Commericial cookies and crackers are often used for snacks, and meals are less vegetable oriented, and more processed food inclined. I'm sure many factors are involved, but we all know daycare isn't the ideal place for children to spend long periods of time.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Dec. 6, 2012 1:56 p.m.

    It's a Canadian study. There nutrition requirements are different.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Dec. 6, 2012 8:15 a.m.

    JLR: Interesting thought.

    Food is probably a decent place to start looking. I know that many daycare places that provide food, buy bulk items that can store, which means sugar and carbs, because they're cheap and last a long time in the pantry.

    And parents who have their children in daycare probably want to 'treat' their kids more often to assuage feelings of guilt at not being a traditional parental model, and in the case of dual incomes they may even have more means to do so.

  • JLR Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 5, 2012 8:38 p.m.

    I wonder if there is a different explanation, such as a family who has two working parents finds little time to cook, or they are just too exhausted after working all day, and so opt for fast food instead.