Features April 2015 Issue

Cleveland Clinic Study Shows Promise for Helping Obese Kids

Starting a generation of kids on a healthier eating style could lead to many more heart-healthy adults in the future.

A four-week, plant-based, vegan diet helped obese children improve their weight, blood pressure, insulin sensitivity and cholesterol levels, according to a Cleveland Clinic study published recently in the Journal of Pediatrics. Researchers suggest that starting children on a heart-healthy diet could lead to improved eating patterns and better health later on.

“Cardiovascular disease begins in childhood,” says Michael Macknin, MD, a staff pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic and leader of the study. “If we can see such improvements in a short four-week study, imagine the potential for improving long-term health into adulthood if a whole population of children began to eat these diets regularly.”

If you’re interested in a vegan diet, be sure to consult with a dietitian to make sure you get enough protein and other necessary nutrients. 

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