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This is the VOA Special English Health Report.

Reseachers say American children now eat an average of three snacks a day between meals. A study found that those snacks add up to almost 1/3 of the daily calories eating by children.And those extra carlories could help explain the rise in overweight children in the United States.

The study was done at the University of North Carolina at **.The researchers study the diet of 31000 children ages 2 to 18 over a thirty year period.The found that snacking has increased since 1970s.

And what kinds of snacks have incresed the most.Salty high fat foods like chips.The study also found a greater sancking on cake,cookies and other treats that past generations might have save for after dinner.

The study is in the journal Health Affairs.Nutrition professor ** was the lead investigator.He says parents should limit sanck to one a day for children age 6 and older.

He also advices parents and care givers to provide healthy snacks like foods and vegetales.Professor ** says American schools also need to improve their nutrition.For example schools may have vending machines that offer what many people would consider junk food.

There has been a push for schools to offer more health food snacks and lunck choices and fewer sugaring drinks.

Earlier this month,Coca Cola said it would stop selling sugaring drinks in the American schools unless parents request them.Its competitors at Pepsi just announce that they will stop sales of sugared drinks to schools worldwide.

Americani's top public health officer wants to see more changes like this.** recently spoke to law makers about making health foods more available.

It is growing consists that we as a nation need to recreate our communities and our environments.What the health choices are the easy choices and the affordable choices.

Agriculture secretary Tom who has talked about his own childhood to struggles with weight agrees about the need.

We need to do much better job,making sure what's in the vending machines is very consistent. We think that the time is come for standards.

First lady Michiel Obama is leading a compaign to fight childhood **.Public health officials reported in January that 17% of American children are severely overweight.

And that's the VOA Special English Health Report.Written by Kitty Weaver,For more health news and to comment on our stories visit us at voaspecialenglish.com. I’m Steve Ember.
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