Older, Heavy Kids Take in Less Calories University of North Carolina Study
Published: Sep 10, 2012
A new study by University of North Carolina School of Medicine pediatrics researchers finds a surprising difference in the eating habits of overweight children between ages 9 and 17 years compared to those younger than 9. Younger children who are overweight or obese consume more calories per day than their healthy weight peers. But among older overweight children the pattern is reversed: They actually consume fewer calories per day than their healthy weight peers. How to explain such a seemingly counterintuitive finding?