Childhood Obesity Trend Could Be Addressed With Better Toppings

January 20, 2015 8:48 PM

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Childhood Obesity Trend Could Be Addressed With Better Toppings

Scientists have identified another threat to America's children: pizza. The cafeteria staple many kids call their favorite could be largely contributing to childhood obesity, according to a study published this week in the journal Pediatrics. The findings come during an ongoing debate about federal policies on school lunches and raise questions about how to get children to stop eating their favorite unhealthy food.

Because pizza won't get any less convenient for parents to serve or less tasty in the eyes of kids, nutritionists say the fix lies in healthier ingredients. "Pizza's not a bad food if done in the right way," said Jule Henstenburg, a nutrition professor at LaSalle University in Philadelphia.

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