Fast food isn’t the only culprit, and new studies are finding out more about the daily foods that cause childhood obesity.
In the past 30 years, childhood obesity has more than doubled throughout the industrialized world. Fast food and soda are often seen as the reason for global increase in BMI, but they are not the only factor.
Researchers from Duke-National University of Singapore analyzed the weight, height, BMI, physical activity and Food diaries of 4,646 British children aged 7, 10, and 13. Findings were published in Health Affairs.
The foods found to be most associated with weight gain included butter and margerine, breaded poultry and fish, french fries and potato chips, processed and unprocessed meats, desserts, candy, milk, and of as expected, sugary drinks.
The disturbing finding that researchers discovered was that potato chips were associated with the biggest weight gains among children. “We found potato chips to be one of the most obesity-promoting foods for youth to consume. Potato chips are very high in energy density (383–574 kcal/100g) and have a low satiety index, yet they are commonly consumed as snacks,” the researchers reported in The Atlantic.
High fiber foods such as cereal and whole grains were associated most with weight loss in children.