While adults may follow fad diets — first it was low fat, and now it’s low carb/high fat — research shows that kids fare best with a diet that is moderate in fat and rich in dairy, fruits and vegetables.

According to research presented last week at the American Heart Association's annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention, diets that are moderate in fat and rich in dairy, fruits and vegetables appear to help prevent childhood obesity.

After studying 106 families, researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine found that kids with moderate fat intakes — with fat making up somewhere between 30 and 35 percent of total calories consumed — had the leanest bodies at adolescence. The researchers also found that kids who consumed moderate levels of dairy foods had less body fat than kids with the lowest intakes did. And kids who ate fruits and vegetables also had less body fat, but the correlation was not as strong as it was with dairy consumption.

From their findings, the researchers concluded that a diet moderate in fat and heavy in dairy, fruits and vegetables could help lower the risk of obesity in adolescence.

Reuters Health