Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Eating Patterns Vary Between Overweight Children And Normal Weight Children

Eating Patterns Vary Between Overweight Children And Normal Weight Children

Overweight children reported more frequent intake of healthy foods such as fruit, vegetables, fish, brown bread and potatoes as well as low-energy cheese and yoghurt compared with normal weight children. This comes from a recent study from researchers at Telemark University College and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

The study showed that:

* Overweight children drank juice and artificially sweetened soft drinks more often, while the normal weight children drank carbonated drinks and ate unhealthy foods and processed foods such as burgers, sausages, biscuits, processed pizza and sweets.
* The results suggest that both parents and children have increased awareness of food choices when children are overweight.
* The study also showed that overweight children were less physically active and were more likely to have obese parents than normal weight children.

"It is positive that parents and children emphasise healthy food choices. However, it is important to note that the amount of healthy foods must be adapted to a child's activity level to limit further weight gain," said researcher Anne Lise Brantsæter at the NIPH.

Reference:
IM Oellingrath, MV Svendsen, AL Brantsæter. Eating patterns and overweight in 9- to 10-year-old children in Telemark County, Norway: a cross-sectional study. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 18. August 2010.

Lol, maybe the juice, fruit, bread, potatoes and low fat cheese made the kids fat. Cause you know if the study said the kids ate more meat it would be seen as "proof" meat causes obesity. Just sayin'

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