Kids Who Eat Ultra-Processed Foods Gain Weight More Quickly
Provided By - Video Elephant on June 16, 2021
A study of over 9,000 kids found that kids who eat a lot of ultra-processed foods are more likely to be overweight as adults.
The researchers studied a group of 9,000 kids from the ages of 7 to 24.
When they were 7, 10 and 13 the kids were asked to complete a food diary for three days.
The weight, waist circumference, body fat and body mass index (BMI) of the kids were collected during the study.
Ultra-processed food accounted for one-fifth of the total diet of the kids who ate the least amount of processed food.
It accounted for over two-thirds of the total diet of the kids who at the most ultra-processed food.
Those who ate the most processed foods had a rapid increase in BMI, weight and body fat as they grew up.
By the age of 24, those who ate a lot of ultra-processed food had a higher BMI and body fat than other study participants.