Kids: Watching What They Eat

From sugary cereals to fruity late-night snacks, a day in the dietary lives of three American teens

Penny De Los Santos for TIME

Jasmine Ledezma eats a small bowl of Lucky Charms with milk for breakfast.

The U.S. is a nation of dietary extremes: even as a third of American teens are overweight, more than a million others suffer from undereating disorders. But sandwiched between those who eat far too much and those who voluntarily eat too little are millions of American teens in the moderate middle. Because their eating habits are varied and so difficult to study, it's easy to lose track of what's on their menus--but it's worth trying to find out. In a few years, those teens will be making food decisions not just for themselves but also for their own kids.

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