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Sweets ban at school parties may cut calorie overload

from WebMD Health News

As childhood obesity rises, more schools have banned parents from bringing baked goods and other sugary treats for class parties. Now a new study suggests those controversial "cupcake crackdowns" may be on the right track. The study shows that kids can eat as many as one-third of all the calories they need in a day at a typical half-hour birthday party. And those calories are coming from foods high in fat and sugar and low in nutrients — such as cake, fruit punch, ice cream and chips. U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend that getting no more than 5 percent to 15 percent of your daily calories from solid fats and added sugars. more


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