Advanced Search
MyIDEAS: Login to save this paper or follow this series

School Meal Program Participation and Its Association with Dietary Patterns and Childhood Obesity


Author Info

  • Philip Gleason
  • Ronette Briefel
  • er Wilson
  • Allison Hedley Dodd
Registered author(s):


    Does eating school meals influence children’s dietary habits or chances of being overweight or obese? This study addressed these questions using data from the School Nutrition Dietary Assessment III Study. National School Lunch Program participants had lower intakes of sugar-sweetened beverages and a lower percentage of calories from low-nutrient energy dense foods and beverages than did nonparticipants. Overall, however, participation was not significantly related to students’ BMI. School Breakfast Program participants had significantly lower BMI than did nonparticipants, possibly because participants were more likely to eat breakfast and ate more at breakfast, spreading calorie intake more evenly over the course of the day.

    Download Info

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.
    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    Bibliographic Info

    Paper provided by Mathematica Policy Research in its series Mathematica Policy Research Reports with number 6342.

    as in new window
    Length: 170
    Date of creation: 30 Jul 2009
    Date of revision:
    Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:6342

    Contact details of provider:
    Postal: Mathematica Policy Research P.O. Box 2393 Princeton, NJ 08543-2393 Attn: Communications
    Fax: (609) 799-0005
    Web page:
    More information through EDIRC

    Related research

    Keywords: National School Lunch Program; School Breakfast Program; School Meals; Obesity; diet; School Nutrition Dietary Assessment III; Food Assistance;

    Find related papers by JEL classification:


    References listed on IDEAS
    Please report citation or reference errors to , or , if you are the registered author of the cited work, log in to your RePEc Author Service profile, click on "citations" and make appropriate adjustments.:
    as in new window
    1. Daniel L. Millimet & Rusty Tchernis & Muna Husain, 2010. "School Nutrition Programs and the Incidence of Childhood Obesity," Journal of Human Resources, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 45(3).
    2. Ralston, Katherine L. & Newman, Constance & Clauson, Annette L. & Guthrie, Joanne F. & Buzby, Jean C., 2008. "The National School Lunch Program: Background, Trends, and Issues," Economic Research Report 56464, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
    3. Anne Gordon & Mary Kay Fox & Melissa Clark & Renée Nogales & Elizabeth Condon & Philip Gleason & Ankur Sarin, 2007. "School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study-III: Volume II: Student Participation and Dietary Intakes," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 5595, Mathematica Policy Research.
    4. Lin, Biing-Hwan & Frazao, Elizabeth & Guthrie, Joanne F., 1999. "Away-From-Home Foods Increasingly Important to Quality of American Diet," Agricultural Information Bulletins 33733, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
    5. Currie, Janet & DellaVigna, Stefano & Moretti, Enrico & Pathania, Vikram, 2009. "The Effect of Fast Food Restaurants on Obesity," Working Papers 47830, American Association of Wine Economists.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)



    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.


    Access and download statistics


    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:6342. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Joanne Pfleiderer) or (Joanne Lustig).

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.