Snack Attack!

Kids are eating a lot more calories between meals--and they have the bellies to prove it

Children and snacks are made for each other. Indeed, the smaller size of young kids' stomachs combined with their often frenetic activity levels pretty much requires that they nibble a little something between meals. Nutritionists have long suspected, however, that changes in America's snacking habits go a long way toward explaining why young people in the U.S. have grown so fat over the past 30 years. Just last month the Centers for Disease Control reported that 13% of children ages 6 to 11 are overweight, up from 11% in the early 1990s and 4% in the 1960s.

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