A Review of Snacking Patterns Among Children and Adolescents

What Are the Implications of Snacking for Weight Status?

Given the growing contribution of snacks to dietary intake and the need for effective strategies to reduce obesity, it is important to consider whether snacking behaviors contribute to high BMI in childhood.

"This review summarizes U.S. research that has addressed trends in snacking behavior and its contribution to dietary intake, as well as research describing snack food availability in settings where youth spend their time. In addition, it comprehensively reviews studies conducted in the United States and internationally that have examined associations of snacking behavior with weight."

An excerpt from Childhood Obesity