If you are thinking of feeding your children with diet food then you should think over again. At least that’s what the recent study from University of Alberta said. The research suggested that children who are fed with low calorie meals will end up eating much more when they grow up thus increasing the risk of obesity. The good news for parent is, they don’t have to buy those expensive diet foods for children. They can spend the money to buy healthier meals and preparing more outdoor activities for their children.

The research used rats as a media to test the effect of low calorie consumption into overall food consumption over time. Although the test was done on rats, the effect on human is highly similar according to the researchers.

The experiments were done by using young rats, both lean and obese. The experiments’ objective was to prove that substituting a type of food with the same low calorie version of that food will lead to over eating. The low calorie version disrupts body’s ability to recognize calories intake through taste.

David Pierce, a lead author of the paper, concluded the research by saying “Our research has shown that young animals can be made to over eat when low-calorie foods and drinks are given to them on a daily basis, and this subverts their bodies' energy-balance system."

In a nutshell, the research predicted that children who are fed with diet foods are prone to be obese later.

Thankfully such effect is not visible in adult. Maybe perhaps adult tend to read label and can easily differentiate between low calorie and normal food where as children tend to gobble everything that their parents give.

This news isn’t bad news at all. Children should be running around and playing outside to burn calories. Why do they need to be fed diet food at all? Even video games nowadays can help them burn a few calories. Rather than feeding them with diet food, ask the children to do a lot of outdoor activities, play Wii and give them sufficient food with enough calories intake for their daily activities.

8 comments:

  1. Scott said...

    hhmm, go figure, huh. Not too sure I am set on some tests done on rats but I would conclude that too much eating (and not enough exercise) may lead to obesity.

    It's almost freaky friday...I can't wait to see what you got lined up!!

  2. Shane said...

    What are kids doing on diets anyway?? Parents should be ensuring that they get a balanced diet at that age and so shouldn't need any kind of dieting plan.

  3. Emma said...

    Well some kids who look threateningly fat on their age are fed with low calorie snack. That's a way that parents choose to make their children happy while still dealing with weight.

  4. Tasha said...

    Rats are considered the near perfect medium for experimental testing. Their cell and body responses are similar to human. With the Xbox and PlayStation (which seem to be every kids' favorite here), no wonder that kids nowadays spend a lot of days indoor and sitting without doing any significant activities.

  5. Brice said...

    That is a very good point, healthy eating must be combined with healthy exercise as well.

  6. Leigh said...

    I read a report recently which basically said the same about fat. If we try to insist on a low fat content we are actually causing problems as kids need fat to develope. It is when they are allowed excess that the problems begin.

  7. Cherry said...

    Thanks for elaborating Tasha. Well since I believe no parents will let their kids to be used in this experiments, the researchers had to find the next best experiments subjects which were rats. Of course too much and eating and lack of exercise will lead to obesity in the long run, but things are going even more downhill if the kids are fed with low calorie snack according to the research. And I agree Shane that kids shouldn't be need to be fed with diet foods in the first place.

  8. Health Freak Mommy said...

    Yup, why shd parents feed their kids with diet food, unless their kids are obese. I believe everyone, kids and adults should eat a healthy diet and EXERCISE to stay fit and healthy - physically and mentally.



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