Dr Russ Blog - Mediterranean Diet Helps Overweight Kids
Mediterranean Diet Helps Overweight Kids
Created on 6/25/2014
I read an interesting article in Science Daily (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140619095830.htm) recently that speaks to yet another benefit of following a Mediterranean pattern of eating -
reducing the incidence of childhood obesity.
The research has yet to be published, but the results were presented at the European Congress on Obesity. Regardless of where the children lived, those following a Mediterranean pattern of eating were 15% less likely to be overweight or obese than children who were not eating this way.
The primary features of the Mediterranean diet include:
- healthy fats, such as those from extra virgin olive oil
- plenty of fresh (or frozen) vegetables and fruit
- whole grains
- healthy protein sources, including cold water fish and plant-based sources of protein such as beans
- nuts and seeds
Of course there are other factors to consider, such as the fact that families that eat healthily are also more likely to exercise, take good care of themselves in other ways, etc.
The best news about this way of eating, however, is that it is satisfying and delicious - even for children.
If your kids become comfortable eating this way early you may help set them up to be healthier throughout their lives.
And eating this way might be healthier for you, too.
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