Association was found between protein intake and higher BMI in children

Association was found between protein intake and higher BMI in children

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The intake of especially animal proteins during the childhood, according to researchers can lead to obesity later in life.

That, say researchers from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, during a global conference on obesity this weekend. During the research were 3.564 Dutch children from the age of one to ten years to their diet asked.

The researchers calculated then the amount of nutrients the children received. So was the amount of protein, carbohydrates, sugars, and the amount of fat calculated. Between the first and tenth year of life of the participants was the body size and the amount of fat in the body regularly reported.

According to scientists, would be a higher intake of proteins affect the weight, height and Body Mass Index (BMI). It didn’t matter whether the protein is a substitute for carbohydrates or fat.

Proteins, known as proteins, are include in legumes, meat, poultry, eggs, fish, dairy and nuts. The Body Mass Index is determined by the ratio between the body weight and height.


“Our results show that there is a correlation between a diet high in protein in childhood and a higher BMI,” said one of the researchers. “Follow-up research will have to indicate in which extent proteins ingested should be to stay healthy.”

The research took into account the age of the mother, educational level, ethnicity, and the total number of calories on a day it was taken. In addition, researchers consider whether the nursing child had received as a baby and how much movement the child was born.

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