Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Supplements for Overweight Kids

Wow! It sounds like parents would really need to weigh the benefit versus the risk on this one, but it could be a big step in the fight against childhood obesity. What do you think?

FROM FOX NEWS: Supplements containing the dietary fat conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) may help overweight kids curb the amount of fat they gain over time, a small study suggests.

Researchers found that overweight and obese children who took the CLA supplement for seven months showed less fat accumulation than a comparison group of children given a placebo.

However, children on the supplement also showed a dip in their blood levels of "good" HDL cholesterol and a lesser gain in bone mass over time.

The findings suggest that while CLA might help slow body fat gain, its overall safety and effectiveness for children needs to be studied further, the researchers note in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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