What is the WHO recommended dietary fat intake in the management 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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The average diet for children and adolescents in the United States contains approximately 35% fat. Reducing fat intake to 30% of total energy is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO); however, little evidence, epidemiologic or experimental, supports the idea that a reduced-fat but otherwise unlimited diet suffices for substantial weight reduction in obese individuals. A reduced-fat diet may be more useful for primary or secondary prevention of weight gain in individuals with previous obesity individuals, particularly in those with a familial susceptibility.


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