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University Professor Links Obesity with School Lunches

30-Minute Meal queen Rachael Ray recently went to Washington to lobby for better school lunches and a bump in schools' lunch reimbursement rates up 70 cents a child; the current Child Nutrition Act in only calls for a 6 cent raise. But Ray's lobbying couldn't have come at a better time, in light of the following new study.

Rusty Tchernis, a professor at Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, has linked an increased likelihood of being overweight to participation in the federal school lunch program. The study checked in with 13,000 primary school students when they were in kindergarten, first, third and later grades and determined that they were heavier than students who did not participate in the school lunch program. They were also heavier than the students who participated in the school lunch and breakfast programs (Mom was right -- breakfast really is the most important meal of the day). Let's hope the desperate need for school lunch reform is answered.