Study: Pizza may lead to health problems for kids

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Monday, January 19, 2015
This Oct. 10, 2014 photo provided by the Springfield, Missouri, Convention & Visitors Bureau shows a St. Louis-style pizza.  (AP Photo)
This Oct. 10, 2014 photo provided by the Springfield, Missouri, Convention & Visitors Bureau shows a St. Louis-style pizza. (AP Photo)

A new study warns pizza may account for more than 20 percent of a child's calories in a day, potentially leading to health problems like childhood obesity, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

"Pizza can be great if it is done right with the right ingredients, it just deserves an upgrade," nutritionist Rachel Beller said.

But experts say not all slices of pizza are created equally and suggest opting for vegetables, thinner crust or going light on the cheese.