Tuesday, April 13, 2021 (HealthDay News)-In-depth study of how Americans eat, a new diet analysis finds that no matter where people get their food, it is not good nutrition Reign for a day, but with one key exception: the school.
The conclusion is based on a survey of 61,000 adults and children conducted between 2003 and 2018. Respondents’ responses indicate that the quality of most of the food they get from restaurants, grocery stores, workplaces, entertainment venues and dining trucks has remained the same for many years and has been poor.
However, in American schools, the situation is quite different. During the study period, the children found that their malnutrition (as a percentage of all school-based food provided) during school meals dropped by more than half, from 57% to only 24%.
Liu Junxiu, an assistant professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences and Policy at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City, said: “From our research, this is a very noteworthy finding.” Postdoctoral fellow at Friedman College of Science and Policy.)
She said: “Across all populations and income levels, the nutritional quality of school meals and snacks has been significantly improved during the study period.”
Liu emphasized that it is no coincidence that the study period coincides with the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Children Act” passed in 2010, which is an effort by the Obama administration to set higher national nutrition standards across the country.
Liu said the result is that “schools are currently the healthiest eating places for Americans.”
problem? Researchers say that, on average, school meals account for only 9% of a child’s food throughout the year.
In total, nearly 21,000 children (5-19 years old) and nearly 40,000 adults (average age 47) have participated in eight national health and nutrition examinations for 16 consecutive years. The survey analyzed the food actually consumed, not just the food purchased.