According to a new Finnish study kids between the ages of 6 to 8 years who skip their meals are likely to have increased obesity and cardio metabolic risk.
The results were presented at the University of Eastern Finland by Ms Aino-Maija Eloranta, MHSc. She stated that a higher consumption of sugary drinks, red meat and food with low fat margarine and a lower consumption of vegetable oil may increase the cardiometabolic risk.
The samples of dietary habits, eating behaviour and dietary determinants of excess body adiposity and cardio metablic risk of around 512 Finsish girls and boys of age 6-8 years who took part in the physical activity and Nutrition in children study were investigated.
A continous metabolic risk score computed using Z scores of waist circumference, fasting serum, insulin, fasting plasma, glucose, triglycerides and high density lipoprotein cholesterol and the mean of systolic and diastolic blood pressure is used to access the cardio metabolic risk .
It was found that children who skipped meals and ate more protein were more likely to become obese. Other eating behaviours such eating fast, emotional overeating were also associated with high body adiposity.
Sticking to regular meals is crucial in order to prevent overweight and cardio metabolic diseases in children said Ms. Eloranta. She added parents should provide their children with better dietary choices. The results of the study were published in the European Journal of clinical Nutrition and European Journal of nutrition.
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