Obesity-prevention efforts show results in Mass. schools

08/2/2011 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Data from 10 middle schools in Massachusetts showed that adding nutrition and exercise lessons to the curriculum led to fewer eating disorders among girls and saved about $14,000 in medical costs. Researchers reported in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine that girls in schools using the "Planet Health" obesity-prevention program were about half as likely to turn to purging after eating or diet pills to control their weight.

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