UB studying link between snacks, obesity in kids

Posted at 6:18 PM, Jan 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-23 18:26:34-05

Gary Teague said he and his wife worked hard to raise three healthy children. “They joined a lot of activity groups like basketball, and after school events. My kids also went to karate class.” That's not all. “My wife stayed on top of what they ate even though sometimes they wandered off," he added.

Teague's kids aren't alone. Researchers on University at Buffalo South Campus are currently conducting a study looking at ways to resist temptation. “Even as adults we look at something and we say I know this isn't good for me, but we'll still sometimes have it and for children it can be even more difficult,” said Project Coordinator, Alexis O’Brien.

The study includes overweight kids ages seven to 14. They're being asked things like how they feel about snack foods like Oreos and M&M's. They're also monitored during activities like reading, coloring and playing computer games. In return, kids can earn up to $20.  “A lot of the families who come into the study are surprised at how quick and easy it is and actually fun,” O’Brien said.

The goal of the study is to develop new tools that lead kids to a healthier lifestyle. 

Researchers are only about half way through the study and they're looking for more participants. If you're interested in getting involved, call 716-829-6122.