Study shows fast food plays small role in childhood obesity

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Study shows fast food plays small role in childhood obesity

January 17, 2014 Updated Jan 17, 2014 at 12:02 PM CDT

A new study suggests fast food consumption is not the major cause of the recent spike in childhood obesity.

University of North Carolina researchers looked at the daily diets of more than 4,000 children.

They found fast food consumption was only a small part of a much larger unhealthy dietary pattern that is started at an early age by parents and caregivers.

Many children are eating too many processed foods and sugary beverages and not enough fruits and vegetables both at home and at school.

Experts recommend cutting down on fast food, but warn the rest of a child's diet should not be overlooked.

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