ERIC Number: ED339473
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Heading for a Health Crisis: Eating Patterns of America's School Children.
Morris, Patricia McGrath; And Others
This study, which was conducted by a national consumer advocacy organization, examined the nutritional adequacy of the diets of elementary school children. The study also examined the nutritional adequacy of meals served in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The study determined that: (1) children consume too much fat, cholesterol, and sodium, and too few carbohydrates; and (2) children in households that are below 50 percent of the poverty level have an inadequate caloric intake, and inadequate intakes of vitamin A, calcium, and iron. It was found that the NSLP plays a major role in the diets of elementary school children. Children's nutrient intake from the NSLP was higher in fat and sodium and lower in carbohydrates than was children's average daily intakes. The study recommends that: (1) the U.S. Surgeon General undertake a children's nutrition campaign; (2) Congress mandate that federally subsidized children's meal programs conform to U.S. Dietary Guidelines; (3) the U.S. Department of Agriculture make lower fat and high fiber foods available to federally subsidized children's meal programs; and (4) the nutrition status of the nation's children be regularly monitored. (BC)
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Child Health, Eating Habits, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Federal Programs, Low Income Groups, Lunch Programs, Nutrition
Public Voice for Food and Health Policy, 1001 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 522, Washington, DC 20036 ($10.00).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Kaiser Foundation, Oakland, CA.
Authoring Institution: Public Voice for Food and Health Policy, Washington, DC.