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Snacks turn kids into 'constant' eaters

27 percent of calories consumed outside meals, researchers say U.S. children eat an average three snacks a day on top of three regular meals, a finding that could explain why the childhood obesity rate has risen to more than 16 percent, researchers said on Tuesday. Children snack so often that they are "moving toward constant eating," Carmen Piernas and Barry Popkin of the University of North

27 percent of calories consumed outside meals, researchers say U.S. children eat an average three snacks a day on top of three regular meals, a finding that could explain why the childhood obesity rate has risen to more than 16 percent, researchers said on Tuesday. Children snack so often that they are "moving toward constant eating," Carmen Piernas and Barry Popkin of the University of North Carolina reported... Read the full story.