Eat or Play First

March 6, 2018 by: Pediatrics for Parents staff Article Tags: ,

The Question: Do children who play before eating consume more fruits and vegetables than kids who eat and then play?

The Study: To answer this question, researchers collected data on the lunch selections of 2,167 fourth and fifth grade students from 31 elementary schools. They looked at their overall fruit and vegetable consumption on days when they had play time before lunch and days when they ate before play time.

The Results: There was no significant difference between the two group’s fruit and vegetable consumption.

Comment: This study confirms that pre-lunch activity has no effect on fruit and vegetable preferences.

Read More: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 04/15