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What's for kids' breakfast? Cereal, sodas, candy, yogurt

PHILADELPHIA - Some school kids eat two or more breakfasts a day, while others eat nothing. And those who do eat breakfast are often starting the day with cereal and milk, a new survey shows.

Researchers at Temple University in Philadelphia surveyed 369 fourth- through eighth- graders in the city about whether they ate breakfast that day and what they consumed.

About half of the kids were at a healthy weight; the rest were overweight or obese. Half were African-American.

Among the findings presented this week at the annual meeting of the Obesity Society in Orlando:

•20% skipped breakfast; 55% ate one breakfast, and about 25% had two or more breakfasts.

•59% of breakfast-eaters consumed the first meal of the day at home, with 45% of those eating cold or hot cereal; 39% drank milk or ate yogurt or cheese; 32.5% drank water.

Car-safety group: Half of child booster seats pose risks

Car-safety group: Half of child booster seats pose risks

Half of children's car booster seats can't ensure a proper fit with all safety belts, an insurance industry-funded safety group says in a report out today.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said six were so bad that it recommended parents avoid them.

Booster seats, which are recommended for children who have outgrown forward-facing child seats, are designed to raise kids up so adult-size safety belts fit properly.

"Not all boosters are doing that well," says Anne McCartt, the institute's research chief.

Children ages 4-8 in booster seats are 45% less likely to be injured in a crash than those using only seat belts.

Booster seats were rated based on how well they fit the roughly 20 million 4- to 8-year-olds with the lap and shoulder belts in a wide range of vehicles.

IIHS says its ratings are important because it's impossible to tell which booster seats are better just by comparing prices or features.