Healthy Snack Experiment

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Elena Castellari and her team set out on this experiment to test to see if a student in school was given a healthy snack before lunch time would they then have a reduced hunger in school. In addition, they would hope to see that if the healthy snack truly did reduce the child’s hunger, then the student would then be more inclined to choose healthier options at lunchtime. Furthermore, this experiment was conducted with the thoughts of childhood obesity in mind. According to the World Health Organization, “Childhood obesity is becoming a public health issue in most developed countries. Obese and overweight children are more likely to stay obese in adulthood and more likely to incur non-communicable diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease …show more content…
Many things were discovered this period that can lead to serious change. First, the researchers discover by offering a healthy snack it reduces a child’s hunger immediately. Next, students tend to increase their consumption of different nutrients during lunch but then reduce the consumption of said nutrients at lunch. In addition, the researchers discovered that by increasing availability of healthy snacks such as fruits and vegetables during other times than lunch does not lead to increased consumption. This is because children have an innate ability to self regulate food consumption. So, if they are not hungry during different parts of the day other than lunch, then they will not eating other snacks. But, school should make an effort to offer healthier alternative during designated snack time. When the students brought in their own snacks from home, the researchers noted that the students would not bring an appropriate snack that would benefit the student with nutritional intake. That being said, schools should begin offering healthy alternatives for the students in case they would rather have that then the snack they brought in. Now, with any study, they’re limitations. Such being with limited resources, the sample was too small to generalize their findings. In addition, the researchers would only monitor the student’s food intake during school and calculate the nutritional intake during that time. The researchers did not have a log of what the students were consuming outside of school. Nevertheless, this study was still able to reduce hunger in students and therefore help students with school

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