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Study: Skipping lunch becoming more common among children

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An analysis released by the Nestle Research Center says skipping lunch is becoming more and more common — among children.

The analysis of a National Health and Nutrition survey that evaluated the eating patterns of over 3,000 children found that ditching lunch is common among children ages 4 through 13.

The study, funded by Nestle, suggests 13 percent of young children and 17 percent of 9- through 13-year-olds skip lunch on a given day, including on weekends.

The findings are of particular concern given that lunch skippers had lower intakes of nutrients, including calcium and fiber, than lunch consumers.

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