Obese Children consume fewer calories than normal weight peers

September 18th, 2012 by MorganDowney Leave a reply »

In a new paper, researchers from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill looked at children aged 1-17 dietary patterns. What they found surprised a lot of people. Turns out that overweigh and obese girls over 7 and boys over 10 actually consumed fewer daily calories than their healthy weight peers. They hypothesized that one explanation may be that increased energy intake in early childhood and is related to the onset of obesity while another mechanism such as energy expenditure may be more influential in maintaining overweight/obesity status through adolescence. In other words, the normal weight adolescents may get more physical activity and would be expected to eat more to compensate for the effects of greater energy expenditure. This is consistent with the recent study regarding the role of the resting metabolic rate on hunger and food intake. See this study at PubMed: Skinner AC, Self_reported energy intake by age in Overweight

 

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