KUSA - A study conducted from 2005 to 2009 shows homeschooled kids are leaner than kids attending traditional schools.
The study challenged the theory that children spending more time at home may be at risk for excessive weight gain. But, results showed the opposite.
"What we saw was the traditionally schooled kids were eating meals at lunch time that were significantly higher in calories, fat and sodium," says Michelle Cardel, a nutritionists with Anschutz Health and Wellness Center.
The study also shows homeschooled children eat healthier foods at lunch time.
In 2012, schools started new guidelines for the school meals.
Now schools are increasing fruits and vegetables, decreasing sodium and watching portion sizes.
The study is in the journal 'Obesity.'
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