A new study conducted by the University of Cincinnati helps us understand what influences a child's snack choices.
A 167 fourth and fifth graders food choices were studied for a 24 hour period.
Some factors that affected a child's snacking habits were:
skipping breakfast: if a child skipped breakfast, they were more likely to snack ( makes sense, if the last time they ate was the day before, they are going to start to get really hungry if they skip breakfast.
choosing their own snacks: kids have more control over choosing low nutrition foods than what is served at dinnertime
availability and affordability of snacks: it could be that low nutrition snacks are cheaper and more readily available than fresh fruits and vegetables
I remember stopping in at a 711 for a quick snack while on the road. I stopped and really looked around. There were rows and so many choices for cookies, chips, Slurpies and candy. But there was one small basket of fresh fruit to the left of the counter. I think that says it all;-(