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Convenience stores and kids' health

October 12, 2009 2:57:05 PM PDT
They may be convenient for shopping, but a new study has found convenience stores aren't the healthiest choice when they're located close to schools --and that is raising health concerns. Parents are well aware of the problem. Walk into any local convenience store and junk food is there for the taking. Even the most well intentioned kid can't always say no.

According to a new study, children in low income neighborhoods are getting unwanted calories from convenience store shopping close to school. Researcher observed the habits of grade school kids and found during each visit students spent a dollar. They consumed 356 unwanted calories and 42 percent shopped at the store two times a day! That's 3500 excess calories a week which us enough to pack on a pound.

Carolyn Weekes says she battles the junk food beast on a regular basis. But her son has a mind of his own "My son is overweight and I tell him it's a choice," said Carolyn Weekes.

Dr. Michael Pettie of Schneider Children's Hospital says convenience store snaking shouldn't be taken lightly. Childhood obesity can lead to heart disease and diabetes.

"These kids will die, have shorter life expectancy than a parent," said Pettie.

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