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The Food Environment of Youth Baseball.
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PMID:  24745374     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract Background: Sports, such as youth baseball (YB), are popular outlets for increasing activity, yet there has been no investigation of food environments surrounding them. The aim of this study was to observe the types of foods available and consumed by players and spectators at YB events. Methods: This was an observational assessment, by environmental scan, of foods consumed by players and family members at a YB field in northwest North Carolina. Results: Participants included boys from six YB teams (n=51) between 8 and 11 years of age and families. A total of 12 YB games were observed. Most team snacks (72%) consisted of high-calorie food items, including French fries, candy, and cookies; most beverages (53%) consumed by players were sugar sweetened. We observed 313 spectators and players, who consumed a total of 249 foods and 276 beverages. Most food and beverage items (89%) were purchased from the concession stand, of which 73% were considered less-healthy options. Conclusions: High-calorie snacks and sugar-sweetened beverages dominate the YB environment. Despite the benefits of participating in sports, families of children participating in sports leagues may be increasing their risk for poor nutritional habits as a result of increased exposure to unhealthy foods and disruption of meal times.
Megan B Irby; Marcie Drury-Brown; Joseph A Skelton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-4-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Childhood obesity (Print)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  2153-2176     ISO Abbreviation:  Child Obes     Publication Date:  2014 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-4-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101542497     Medline TA:  Child Obes     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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