Does the type of foods offered in school cafeterias reduce the incidence of obesity in high school students?

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EVIDENCE-BASED ANSWERIn schoolchildren (3rd-12th grades), a multifactorial intervention including healthier food options and improving physical education (PE) reduces mean body mass index (BMI) percentile and the percent of children who are overweight and obese (SOR: B, single cohort study). School-based interventions involving healthier food choices and information modestly decrease BMI in obese and overweight seventh graders (SOR: B, single RCT). Implementing United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutritional components reduces rates of overweight and obesity in high school seniors (SOR: B, single cross-sectional study).

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