Vegan Diet Helps Reduce Risks in Obese Children

 

We all know that there are more and more obese children these days. It comes from eating too much fast food and not getting enough exercise or that’s what I think is part of the problem. I found this article talking about how a vegan diet can help reduce cardiovascular risks in obese kids.

Preliminary study finds plant-based vegan diet superior to AHA diet in reducing cardiovascular risks in obese children • The Raw Food World News

(TRFW News) In new research from Cleveland Clinic published this week by Journal of Pediatrics, it was revealed that obese youth following a plant-based, low-fat vegan diet might have a lower risk for heart disease. (1)

Michael Macknin, M.D., a staff pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children’s, led a four-week study comparing the American Heart Association (AHA) diet to a plant-based vegan diet with 28 children between the ages of 9 and 18, with obesity and high cholesterol.

Children on the American Heart Association diet followed a plan including vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy, limited sodium, whole and non-whole grains, lean meat and fish (in moderation) and selected plant oils.

The results were good – they showed “significant improvements” in four measures:

  • weight
  • waist circumference
  • mid-arm circumference
  • myeloperoxidase

However, the children on the plant-based diet had “significant improvements” in nine measures, five more than those on the AHA diet!

The plant-based diet participants ate from a diet plan that included plants, whole grains, no added fat, no animal products, and limited nuts and avocado.

The improvements were in:

  • BMI
  • systolic blood pressure
  • weight
  • mid-arm circumference
  • total cholesterol
  • low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol
  • insulin

Two common markers of heart disease: myeloperoxidase and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein.

“Cardiovascular disease begins in childhood,” said Dr. Macknin. “If we can see such significant improvements in a short four-week study, imagine the potential for improving long-term health into adulthood if a whole population of children began to eat these diets regularly.”

This is great news for vegan families, as this lifestyle is becoming more popular every year.

That is great news as there is a simple way to help obese children. To read the rest of the story just go to Preliminary study finds plant-based vegan diet superior to AHA diet in reducing cardiovascular risks in obese children • The Raw Food World News

 

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