What is your toddler eating?
Article Type: Report
Subject: Toddlers (Food and nutrition)
Weight gain (Causes of)
Weight gain (Research)
Pub Date: 06/22/2009
Publication: Name: Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association Publisher: American Psychotherapy Association Audience: Academic; Professional Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 American Psychotherapy Association ISSN: 1535-4075
Issue: Date: Summer, 2009 Source Volume: 12 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 310 Science & research
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 218313977

Do you let your toddler dictate the daily household menu? If you are giving in to unhealthy food requests by your youngster, you may be setting them up for serious health problems in the future. New research from the University of Calgary indicates that early childhood diet can potentially have a lifelong impact on health. Dr. Raylene Reimer, Faculty of Kinesiology researcher, conducted this enlightening research. The study provides evidence of a relationship between food intake in toddlers and weight gain in adulthood. While it may be difficult to resist the demands of your little tyke, the innocent act of giving him or her an ice-cream cone may lead to life-threatening conditions in adulthood.

For the purpose of this study, researchers conducted tests on three groups of young rats, providing each group with a different diet. One group was given a high protein diet, the second a high fiber diet, and the third a control diet. Each of the three groups was fed a high fat and sugar diet once they reached adulthood. Results revealed that rats given a high fiber diet put on very little weight and body fat, while those given high protein produced opposite results. While indicating a definitive link between poor diet at a young age and corresponding health risks in adulthood, this study also raises questions concerning the moral and ethical accountability of parents who make dietary choices for their children.

Dr. Reimer believes the study ... "clearly shows that the composition of early childhood diet may have a direct lifelong impact on genes that control metabolism and obesity risk. This study clearly indicates that diet composition alone can change the trajectory of circulating satiety hormones and metabolic pathways that influence how we gain weight or control blood sugar as adults."

Blanchard, K. (2009, January 15). Early childhood diet may influence future health. Retrieved February 9, 2009, from http://www.emaxhealth.com/1020/1/28599/ toddlers-diet-may-have-lifetime-impact-health.html
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