Are reduced-fat diets effective in the treatment of childhood obesity?

Updated: Feb 20, 2019
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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Reductions in total and saturated fat may be particularly useful in adolescents who consume large quantities of high fat, snack, and packaged fast foods, including french fries, pizza, chips, and crackers. Studies in adult subjects demonstrate that lower fat intake is associated with relatively lower body weight, BMI and waist circumference. While similar findings have not been confirmed in children, a meta-analysis of available pediatric studies suggests a direct relationship between fat intake and weight gain. [39]

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