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Advisor Date ii DEDICATION I dedicate my work to my parents: Nemer & Hamida Akil, my entire family, my lovely son: Ali, my brother: Dr. Khodr Akil for his impressive personality, help, and unlimited support, and to my sister: Abir and her family for their constant encouragement and love. iii ACKNOLEDGEMENTS My thesis is also dedicated to Dr. K-L Catherine(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity disproportionately affects children from low-income families and those from racial and ethnic minorities. The relationship between snacking and weight status remains unclear, although snacking is known to be an important eating episode for energy and nutrient intake particularly in young children. The purpose of this pilot study was to(More)
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