A recent study has reportedly claimed that “nationally representative surveys of food intake in U.S. children show large increases in snacking between the 1989-91 to 1994-98 and 1994-98 to 2003-06 periods.” Carmen Piernas and Barry Popkin, “Trends in Snacking Among U.S. Children,” Health Affairs, March 2010. Researchers apparently examined the responses of 31,337 children ages 2 to 18 who participated in four federal food surveys, concluding that this population’s average dietary intake has risen by 113 calories per day. In addition, the study reports, “Childhood snacking trends are moving toward three snacks per day, and more than 27 percent of children’s daily calories are coming from snacks.

The researchers further noted that while “desserts and sweetened beverages remain the major sources of calories from snacks,” calories from salty snack foods more than doubled between 1977 and 2006. “Our findings suggest that children ages 2–18 are experiencing important increases in snacking behavior and are moving toward a consumption pattern of three meals plus three snacks per day,” wrote the authors. “This raises the question of whether the physiological basis for eating is becoming dysregulated [sic], as our children are moving toward constant eating.” See Reuters and The New York Times, March 2, 2010.

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