For those parents who are at their wits' end, trying to deal with their children's obesity, new research shows part of the answer could lie at school.
Children who live in states with strong, consistent laws limiting availability of unhealthy snacks at schools gained less weight from fifth through eighth grades than did children in states with no such limitations. Also, children who were overweight or obese in fifth grade were more likely to reach a healthy weight by eighth grade if they lived in states with the toughest laws.
Results of the three-year national study indicate tough laws that outlaw or strictly limit sugary, high-fat food and beverages in school vending machines, stores and lunchrooms can have a long-term effect on childhood obesity. The study isn't proof, but it is real evidence that such laws can have a positive effect.