While children may be naturally inclined to regulate their hunger, they are also guided by adults and influenced by environmental constraints regarding when and how much to eat. As such, the timing and availability of meals could alter a child’s natural eating habits. This could impact the nutritional quality of what they eat as well. We conducted a field experiment with three fourth grade classes at a public elementary school in Eastern Connecticut to analyze if providing a nutritious snack one hour prior to lunch effects a child's level of hunger and consequently their lunch-time consumption. We found stu- dents shift their caloric and nutrient intake from lunch to snack time. In addition, we found a significant reduction in student hunger. Our results highlight the importance in considering the timing and quality of meals provided during school time. In our sample, current snack and lunch schedule may not be optimal and changing it can have an impact on the wellbeing of students. Providing healthful options for snack could be an effective way to improve student diets while preserving their ability to make their own choices.

Castellari, E., Joshua P., B., Can providing a morning healthy snack help to reduce hunger during school time? Experimental evidence from an elementary school in Connecticut., <<APPETITE>>, 2016; (106): 70-77. [doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2016.02.157] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/84854]

Can providing a morning healthy snack help to reduce hunger during school time? Experimental evidence from an elementary school in Connecticut.

Castellari, Elena
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2016

Abstract

While children may be naturally inclined to regulate their hunger, they are also guided by adults and influenced by environmental constraints regarding when and how much to eat. As such, the timing and availability of meals could alter a child’s natural eating habits. This could impact the nutritional quality of what they eat as well. We conducted a field experiment with three fourth grade classes at a public elementary school in Eastern Connecticut to analyze if providing a nutritious snack one hour prior to lunch effects a child's level of hunger and consequently their lunch-time consumption. We found stu- dents shift their caloric and nutrient intake from lunch to snack time. In addition, we found a significant reduction in student hunger. Our results highlight the importance in considering the timing and quality of meals provided during school time. In our sample, current snack and lunch schedule may not be optimal and changing it can have an impact on the wellbeing of students. Providing healthful options for snack could be an effective way to improve student diets while preserving their ability to make their own choices.
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Castellari, E., Joshua P., B., Can providing a morning healthy snack help to reduce hunger during school time? Experimental evidence from an elementary school in Connecticut., <<APPETITE>>, 2016; (106): 70-77. [doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2016.02.157] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/84854]
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