A new study from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association reveals something interesting (and possibly counterintuitive to many people) about poor, obese children: they aren’t eating enough.
Children living in poverty are obese in part because they don’t eat enough to meet the daily nutritional requirements needed for cell function and metabolism, a study shows. A 9-year-old should consume 1,400 to 2,200 calories daily… But in the study of 1,400 children from poorer neighborhoods, 44 percent were consuming less than 1,400 calories, and 33 percent were obese.
“This study shows these kids were not eating enough,” Trevino said. “And when they did eat, it was all the wrong things.” Missing from the children’s diets were four key nutrients: calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. When magnesium — found in cooked spinach and other foods — is missing from the diet, it can predispose an individual to diabetes, Trevino said.
This reminds me of our nutritioatnist, who talked about adding nutrients like potassium into diets, rather than taking things out. This suggest that his approach is right, and that we should focus on making sure kids are getting the nutrients they need (and obviously getting physical activity) not on putting them on restrictive diets.
This study is a good reminder that people living in poverty should be given access to inexpensive foods that provide these key nutrients, both for themselves and for their kids. I think we can all get behind that, right?
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