About the Authors

Lenard I Lesser

Address ¤ Current address: Tufts University Family Medicine Residency, Malden, Massachusetts, United States of America

Affiliation Department of Medicine, Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Cara B Ebbeling

Affiliation Department of Medicine, Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Merrill Goozner

Affiliation The Center for Science in the Public Interest, Washington, D. C., United States of America

David Wypij

Affiliations Department of Cardiology, Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America , Clinical Research Program, Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

David S Ludwig

To whom correspondence should be addressed. E-mail: david.ludwig@childrens.harvard.edu

Affiliation Department of Medicine, Children's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Competing Interests

DSL is author of a book on childhood obesity (Ending the Food Fight).

Author Contributions

LIL and CBE participated equally in study design, data collection, analyses, and drafting of the manuscript. MG collected and analyzed data, and helped revise the manuscript. DW provided statistical advice, and helped revise the manuscript. DSL was the principal investigator, supervised the study, and helped write the manuscript.