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Gobbling Up Snacks: Cause or Potential Cure for Childhood Obesity?


  • Frazao, Elizabeth
  • Stewart, Hayden
  • Hyman, Jeffrey
  • Carlson, Andrea


Children today are consuming close to 200 more calories a day from snacks than they did in the 1970s. Replacing a calorie-dense snack food with a fruit or vegetable could reduce calorie intake and improve diet quality. Swapping common snack foods with a ½-cup serving of fruits or vegetables can be done without compromising a household’s food budget.

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  • Frazao, Elizabeth & Stewart, Hayden & Hyman, Jeffrey & Carlson, Andrea, 2012. "Gobbling Up Snacks: Cause or Potential Cure for Childhood Obesity?," Amber Waves:The Economics of Food, Farming, Natural Resources, and Rural America, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, issue 04, pages 1-6.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:uersaw:142403
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.142403

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    1. Carlson, Andrea & Dong, Diansheng & Lino, Mark, 2014. "Association between Total Diet Cost and Diet Quality Is Limited," Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Western Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 39(1), pages 1-22, April.


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