Families with Preschoolers Bought Fewer High Calorie Beverages, Chris Ford’s Study shows

A new report in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, titled Are Food and Beverage Purchases in Households with Preschoolers Changing? A Longitudinal Analysis from 2000 to 2011, with lead author Chris Ford, shows that between 2000-2011 purchases of high calorie foods and beverages declined in households with preschoolers.

This study was featured by the Gillings School of Global Public Health:

“Somewhere between 2003 and 2010, the upward trend in childhood obesity started to stall, leveling off around 2007,” Ford said. “Between 2000 and 2011, total calories from foods and beverages declined by 182 calories per capita among households with preschool children, as well.”

The study was featured by Reuters on August 1 in a story titled Parents of Preschoolers Buying Less Milk, Soda, and Juice.

The study was also featured last month in news releases by the Center for Advancing Health and Science Daily.

The researchers found the total calories from food and beverage purchases declined significantly. Declines were especially noted in milk, soft drink, juice and juice drinks, and grain-based dessert purchases, all of which include higher calorie solid fats and added sugars. Per capita, calories purchased per day decreased by 182 during the period.

– Science Daily

Read the research article here.

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