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How Food Away From Home Affects Children's Diet Quality

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  • Mancino, Lisa
  • Todd, Jessica E.
  • Guthrie, Joanne F.
  • Lin, Biing-Hwan

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Based on 2 days of dietary data and panel data methods, this study includes estimates of how each child’s consumption of food away from home, food from school (which includes all foods available for purchase at schools, not only those offered as part of USDA reimbursable meals), and caloric sweetened beverages affects that child’s diet quality and calorie consumption. Compared with meals and snacks prepared at home, food prepared away from home increases caloric intake of children, especially older children. Each food-away-from-home meal adds 108 more calories to daily total intake among children ages 13-18 than a snack or meal from home; all food from school is estimated to add 145 more calories. Both food away from home and all food from school also lower the daily diet quality of older children (as measured by the 2005 Healthy Eating Index). Among younger children, who are more likely than older children to eat a USDA school meal and face a more healthful school food environment, the effect of food from school on caloric intake and diet quality does not differ significantly from that of food from home.

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Paper provided by United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service in its series Economic Research Report with number 134700.

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Date of creation: Oct 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ags:uersrr:134700

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Keywords: Food away from home (FAFH); food from school (FFS); caloric sweetened beverages (CSB); children’s diet quality; 2005 Healthy Eating Index (HEI-2005); fixed effects; first difference; Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals (CSFII); National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES); ERS; USDA; Agricultural and Food Policy; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety;

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  1. Daniel Finkelstein & Elaine Hill & Robert C. Whitaker, 2007. "School Food Environments and Policies in U.S. Public Schools," Mathematica Policy Research Reports, Mathematica Policy Research 5781, Mathematica Policy Research.
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Cited by:
  1. Smith, Travis A., 2013. ""Billions and Billions Served" Heterogeneous Effects of Food Source on Child Dietary Quality," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C., Agricultural and Applied Economics Association 151212, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  2. Li, Shuo & McCluskey, Jill J. & Mittelhammer, Ron C., 2012. "Effects of Healthier Choices on Kid's Menu: A Difference-in-Differences Analysis," Journal of Food Distribution Research, Food Distribution Research Society, vol. 43(3), November.
  3. Lin, Biing-Hwan & Guthrie, Joanne F., 2012. "Nutritional Quality of Food Prepared at Home and Away From Home, 1977-2008," Economic Information Bulletin 142361, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

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