Banning School Sweets Reduces Obesity

According to a Karolinska Institute study published on Monday, Stockholm schools that banned sweets, buns and soft drinks saw the number of overweight children drop significantly in four years.

In a statement the institute said that the number of overweight or obese 6 to 10 year olds dropped from 22 percent to 16 percent in the 10 Stockholm schools that participated in the study by banning sweets and introducing healthier lunches.

A control group of schools that did not introduce specific food regulations saw the number of overweight or obese children rise from 18 to 21 percent.

The results of the project were to be presented on Monday in Budapest at an international conference on obesity.

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