Childhood obesity and food intake

  • TITLE: Childhood obesity and food intake
  • AUTHOR: Huang JY, Qi SJ.
  • REFERENCE: World J Pediatr. 2015 May;11(2):101-7. doi: 10.1007/s12519-015-0018-2. Epub 2015 Apr 30.
  • YEAR: 2015

The prevalence of obesity among children is growing in China at present. Childhood obesity reflects complex interactions of genetic, environmental, social and behavioral factors. Foods, nutritional components, and food intake patterns may be associated with the increasing obesity rate in children.

Articles about the relationship between childhood obesity and food intake were collected from the databases including Web of Knowledge, PubMed, Elsevier and Google Scholar.

Foods and nutritional components such as calcium, dietary fiber are inversely related to obesity, whereas others such as vitamin B and sugar-sweeten beverages play a positive role in obesity development. The differences in food intake pattern also influence the risk of obesity.

Food intake is an important factor influencing childhood obesity. One strategy to prevent childhood obesity is to take foods of moderate amount in a proper pattern.