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Family Meals Help Cut Childhood Obesity
Childhood obesity is on everyone's minds, including First Lady Michelle Obama's. But what's the best way to help children who have already put on unwanted pounds? A new study set out to determine how children would be affected by reducing their fat intake by switching to low- and reduced-fat dairy products. Would they lose weight over the study’s six month period or remain the same weight as their full-fat-consuming counterparts?
Cutting fat and cutting carbs are two of the most popular weight loss methods. Both can work, but the bottom line in weight-loss is the tried-and-true: burning off more calories than you consume.
Dieting by cutting out certain foods – carbs or fats – can backfire. When people slash specific food groups from their diet, they may "make up for" these lost calories by adding calories, perhaps unwittingly, in other parts of the diet. For example, studies have found that in adults, cutting saturated fat is no help to the heart if the bad fats are replaced with bad carbs.
The same is true for kids and adolescents who are overweight or obese and trying to lose weight. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for many health problems in the future: according to the CDC, many overweight and obese kids have at least one marker for cardiovascular disease.(1) Even eating too much sugar can increase kids’ cholesterol levels.