“This report from the AMA newsletter is important. These children were massively obese, with BMI > 50.” Bill Chesnut, MD
Obese kids who cut back on sugar intake may see health improvements after just 10 days
The Wall Street Journal (10/27, A6, McKay, Esterl, Subscription Publication) reports that a study published online Oct. 26 in the journal Obesity adds to the evidence associating the consumption of sugar with metabolic syndrome in youngsters.
The Washington Post (10/27, Cha) reports in “To Your Health” that 44 youngsters ranging in age from nine to 18 took part in the study during which all participants followed a low-sugar diet.
The New York Times (10/27, O’Connor) “Well” blog reported that the study found that “obese children who cut back on their sugar intake see improvements in their blood pressure, cholesterol readings and other markers of health after just 10 days.” The study’s findings indicate that calories “from sugar are especially likely to contribute to type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases, which are on the rise in children, said the study’s lead author.”