(NZH.com) – Processed, sugary and fried foods all contribute to childhood obesity – study

Foods cooked in oil, whether fried, sauteed or even roasted, are linked to weight gain. Photo / iStock

 

Around the world, child obesity rates are rising. In the Americas, 31 per cent of children are overweight or obese. In Europe, that number is closer to 40 per cent. Even in regions where obesity is less of an epidemic, it’s becoming increasingly problematic.

And the trend, no doubt, has a lot to do with whatever it is that overweight kids and teenagers are eating. Is it sugary drinks that are doing the damage? Could processed foods be to blame? Is there a collection of popular foods that parents should stop feeding their children so often?

 

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