Research has consistently shown that homeschool children are well prepared for life and happier than their publicly educated peers but did you know they may healthier too?
A team of researchers from both the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) and the University of Alabama at Birmingham looked at both homeschooled children and their traditionally schooled peers between the ages of 7 and 12. Researchers monitored physical activity levels, parents provided information on diet and the researchers measured participants for body fat.
According to Science Daily, “‘Based on previous research, we went into this study thinking home-schooled children would be heavier and less active than kids attending traditional schools,’ said Michelle Cardel, Ph.D., RD, the study’s lead author. ‘We found the opposite.'”
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The researchers found that traditionally schooled children took in significantly higher amounts of calories, trans fats, sodium and sugar in the meals they ate at school. Kids eating at school also ate fewer fruits and vegetables and less fiber than did the homeschooled kids.
Read the findings for yourself at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.20610/abstract