Attention Manhattan Beach teens: The Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (DASH) helps prevent adolescent obesity, according to a recent study.1
The study was published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. The DASH diet includes low-fat dairy, chicken, lean, beef, chicken, nuts, fruits, whole grains, vegetables, and legumes.
Surprisingly, study participants who followed DASH actually ate, on average, 250 more calories than those who ate a typical Manhattan Beach teen diet: high-fat meats, cheeses, highly processed foods, and fast food meals.
Manhattan Beach parents who emphasize a ‘calorie deficit’ plan for teen weight loss may want to consider focusing more on the quality of the foods eaten.
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1Holly Lebowitz Rossi, ‘New Findings on Preventing Teen Obesity,’ Parents, June 7, 2011, http://www.parents.com/blogs/parents-news-now/2011/06/07/child-health/new-findings-on-preventing-teen-obesity/, June 24, 2011.