July 24, 2010
A review of the relationship between fruit and vegetable intake with adult and childhood obesity casts doubt on how strong is the relationship with weight management. The review was undertaken by TA LeDoux and colleagues from the Department of Pediatrics at the USDA/Agricultural Research Service Childrens’ Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine.
They found that, after reviewing 772 studies, increased food and vegetable consumption (in conjunction with other behaviors) contributed to reduced adiposity among overweight or obese adults but no association was shown among children.
While the quality of the studies varied widely, the relationship between high fruit and vegetable consumption and low obesity among “was weak” and among children “unclear.”
The study can be accessed at Relationship of fruit and vegetable intake with ad… [Obes Rev. 2010] – PubMed result
In a separate study, doctors in Plymouth, United Kingdom following 202 children for 7 to 10 years, found that overweight preceded physical inactivity, not the other way around. As most childhood obesity interventions assume inactivity precedes obesity, this study, if validated, indicates a change in strategy to combat childhood obesity. See Fatness leads to inactivity, but inactivity does n… [Arch Dis Child. 2010] – PubMed result