Skipping meals increases children's obesity - cardiac risk

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 Children, in the age of 6 to 8 years, who skip meals  are susceptible to over-weight and  Cardio-metabolic risk. Sugary drinks, red meat and low-fat margarine and  lower consumption of vegetable oil, in the diet may cause health problems, points a recent study by Ms. Aino-Maija Eloranta, MHSc, of the University of Eastern Finland.  

512 Finnish girls and boys 6 to 8 years of age participated in the Physical Activity and Nutrition in Children (PANIC) Study. The study included assessment of protein profile, waist measurement, BP, fasting serum insulin and fasting plasma glucose. Skipping meals, emotional overeating and poor eating pattern may lead to body weight and body adiposity. Among children, only minority ate vegetables, fruit and berries, some had  sugary drinks daily; saturated fat, sucrose and salt were higher and the intakes of dietary food is important.

Overweight and cardio-metabolic diseases already in childhood can be prevented by sticking to regular meals.
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Dietary habits of children need to be changed: regular-fat vegetable-oil margarines and vegetable oils instead of low-fat margarines, fat-free milk and water instead of sugary drinks, and more fish instead of red meat at meals.


University of Eastern Finland. "Skipping meals increases children's obesity, cardio metabolic risk." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 December 2014. <