Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

More Than Half Of Children Eat Too Much Fat

Date:
November 11, 1998
Source:
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Summary:
More than half of a group of children surveyed by Johns Hopkins get too many of their daily calories from fat, according to a new study. Ten percent of the children exceed the daily recommended levels of cholesterol.

More than half of a group of children surveyed by Johns Hopkins get too many of their daily calories from fat, according to a new study. Ten percent of the children exceed the daily recommended levels of cholesterol.

Related Articles


"While most people wait until adulthood to worry about cardiovascular disease, the habits we form as children can make a difference in how we fare in this difficult fight," says Kerry J. Stewart, Ed.D., lead author of the study and an associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. "Because cardiovascular disease begins in childhood, we urge parents to take a second look at what their children are eating."

Results of the study will be presented at 9:30 a.m., Nov. 10, at the American Heart Association's 71st annual Scientific Sessions in Dallas.

To assess whether children were meeting the recommendations established in 1991 by the National Cholesterol Education Program, researchers studied the 24-hour diet records of Boy and Girl Scouts (145 girls and 158 boys) ages 8 to 14 in the Baltimore area. More than half of the children exceeded the daily recommended levels for total fat intake.

The researchers looked at the different types of fat children consumed -- saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. More than half of the children exceeded recommended levels of the "undesirable" saturated fats found in butter, red meat and cheese that can lead to high cholesterol. In addition, about half of the children fell short of the suggested levels of "desirable" monounsaturated fats found in canola and peanut oils. Very few children consumed enough of the polyunsaturated fats found in corn oil and margarine.

"Childhood eating patterns carry into adulthood," Stewart says. "Our goal in working with Scouts is to change these patterns early in life, with the long-term goal of preventing adult heart disease. These findings lay the groundwork for our educational intervention. We must teach children not only to reduce their total fat consumption, but also to change the types of fat they consume."

The study joins several suggesting that teaching children about a healthy lifestyle should be a priority for improving community health and reducing heart disease. In 1989, Hopkins Bayview's Heart Health Department implemented the Food Re-Education Elementary School Health (FRESH) Program, which sends counselors into schools to educate students about the importance of diet and exercise in a healthy lifestyle. In addition, Bayview also instituted the Healthy Eating Activity and Recreation in Today's Scout (HEARTS) Program to address Boy and Girl Scouts outside of the school system.

The study's other authors are Teresa A. Moore, Linda D. McFarland and Jennifer A. Bass.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. "More Than Half Of Children Eat Too Much Fat." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 11 November 1998. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/11/981111080420.htm>.
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. (1998, November 11). More Than Half Of Children Eat Too Much Fat. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 24, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/11/981111080420.htm
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. "More Than Half Of Children Eat Too Much Fat." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/11/981111080420.htm (accessed November 24, 2014).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Health & Medicine News

Monday, November 24, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Winter Can Cause Depression — Here's How To Combat It

Winter Can Cause Depression — Here's How To Combat It

Newsy (Nov. 23, 2014) Millions of American suffer from seasonal depression every year. It can lead to adverse health effects, but there are ways to ease symptoms. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Ebola-Hit Sierra Leone's Late Cocoa Leaves Bitter Taste

Ebola-Hit Sierra Leone's Late Cocoa Leaves Bitter Taste

AFP (Nov. 23, 2014) The arable district of Kenema in Sierra Leone -- at the centre of the Ebola outbreak in May -- has been under quarantine for three months as the cocoa harvest comes in. Duration: 01:32 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Don't Fall For Flu Shot Myths

Don't Fall For Flu Shot Myths

Newsy (Nov. 23, 2014) Misconceptions abound when it comes to your annual flu shot. Medical experts say most people older than 6 months should get the shot. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
WFP: Ebola Risks Heightened Among Women Throughout Africa

WFP: Ebola Risks Heightened Among Women Throughout Africa

AFP (Nov. 21, 2014) Having children has always been a frightening prospect in Sierra Leone, the world's most dangerous place to give birth, but Ebola has presented an alarming new threat for expectant mothers. Duration: 00:37 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins