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5 better choices for kids' diets

One in five children ages 6 to 11 is obese, according to federal estimates, and a lot of that can be attributed to poor eating habits. Nutritionists and doctors agree that eating too many foods with added sugar and sodium can lead to weight gain and diabetes and, down the road, to heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Here are five common offenders and what children can eat instead. SOURCES: Sheree Vodicka, American Dietetic Association spokeswoman and communications manager at N.C. Division of Public Health; Dr. Chris Magryt; Jenny Favret, nutritionist at Duke Children's Healthy Lifestyles program; Suzanne Hobbs, UNC-CH School of Public Health faculty member Compiled by: Amanda Chan, The News and Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Photo gallery by: Melina I. De Rose, Sun Sentinel
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