Plant-based diets may reduce the likelihood of obesity in children, according to a new study by The Nutrition Journal. The report found that of the 1,764 children studied, those who consumed greater amounts of whole grains, nuts, and vegetables weighed less than those who avoided them. The Center for Disease Control states that 12.5 million children suffer from obesity, a condition which increases the risk of dangerous health problems such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. With the recent Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act reforming school lunches across America, perhaps this new information will help to decrease the rates of childhood obesity.
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