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Published in: Current Obesity Reports 1/2024

03-01-2024 | Obesity | REVIEW

Weight Loss Diets, Fads, and Trends

Authors: Shivani Jani, Anna Bradley

Published in: Current Obesity Reports | Issue 1/2024

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Abstract

Purpose of Review

To review popular dietary trends and provide recommendations regarding validated dietary approaches for weight loss in the pediatric population.

Recent Findings

Like adults, children and adolescents trying to lose weight will succumb to diets promoted by the media. Many of these so-called “fad” diets tout unsupported claims for health but prove very difficult for long-term adherence. Since childhood is a pivotal time for establishing lifestyle habits, we need to provide practical dietary advice supported by scientific research. Studies suggest that emphasizing macronutrient balance while limiting both ultraprocessed foods and sugar-sweetened beverages can help our pediatric patients achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Summary

We review literature discouraging the use of restrictive dieting in the pediatric population and instead encourage a whole-foods-based, balanced dietary approach, along with regular physical activity. The goal is to support reasonable and sustainable lifestyle habits that ultimately allow children to establish lifelong health-promoting behaviors.
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Metadata
Title
Weight Loss Diets, Fads, and Trends
Authors
Shivani Jani
Anna Bradley
Publication date
03-01-2024
Publisher
Springer US
Keywords
Obesity
Obesity
Published in
Current Obesity Reports / Issue 1/2024
Electronic ISSN: 2162-4968
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s13679-023-00529-w

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