Short lunch periods may lead to obesity, experts say

08/17/2011 | USA Today

A survey from the School Nutrition Association found that elementary-school students have 25 minutes for lunch and middle- and high-school students have 30 minutes, but only about 10 to 15 minutes is available for eating. Experts said this could contribute to childhood obesity because healthy foods take longer to eat, children tend to eat their favorite foods first and people generally consume more calories and feel hungrier sooner when they eat quickly.

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