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Quickly gaining weight on summer vacation is a problem that particularly affects Hispanic and African-American youngsters, as well as any other minors who are already overweight, according to a report by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The report notes a tendency for kids to gain weight while on summer vacation, particularly certain “high risk” groups like overweight children and certain minorities.
According to researchers, the report that analyzed data from a representative nationwide sample in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, found a more significant negative effect during the summer among Hispanic and African-American minors.
At the same time, after analyzing the results of seven studies, Harvard researchers concluded that one out of every three children in the United States is obese and therefore vulnerable to health risks associated with being overweight.
Their research stressed the need to take studies on seasonal changes in weight-gain patterns, with special emphasis on racial differences, in order to collect information on the role of schools in the prevention of childhood obesity and the need for programs that particularly focus on certain sectors of the population.
For several years, the Summer Food Service Program, or SFSP, has helped provide nutritious meals to poor youngsters during the summer break when they no longer have access to the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs that provide them with healthy meals when schools are in session.