National School Lunch Program is tied to faster weight gain in girls

04/6/2011 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

A report in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine found that girls, but not boys, who were enrolled in the National School Lunch Program gained weight faster than low-income nonparticipants. Children in the program tend to consume less sugar and more protein, vitamins and minerals, but they also get more dietary fat and calories, previous studies have found.

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