Does a high-protein diet reduce the desire to eat in children with obesity?

Updated: Feb 20, 2019
  • Author: Steven M Schwarz, MD, FAAP, FACN, AGAF; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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Duckworth et al found that a high-protein diet does not reduce obese children's desire to eat. [40] Overweight and obese children who were assigned to 1 of 2 isoenergetic diets, a standard 15% protein diet or a 25% protein diet, achieved similar effects on weight loss, body composition, and changes in appetite or mood. Overall, children lost 5.2 ± 3 kg in body weight and reduced their BMI standard deviation score by 0.25. However, with both diets, ratings of desire to eat significantly increased over the duration of the intervention. [40]


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