Unfortunately, there’s no shortage of obese children to study in 2015, so researchers are hacking away at data on the epidemic until it’s resolved. The most recent study looked into what foods are most associated with excessive childhood weight gain and the winner will shock you … actually, no it won’t. The winner is potato chips.
According to The Atlantic, researchers from Duke–National University of Singapore used data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children to asses the eating habits, physical activity and growth statistics of 4,646 kids at ages 7, 10, and 13. The findings show that children who gained the most excess weight during either 3-year period ate more of a laundry list of well-known unhealthy foods such as “butter and margarine, battered fish and poultry, potato chips, processed meat, French fries, milk, sweets, and sugary beverages.” In fact, only 2 types of food in the obese diets were associated with maintaining a healthy weight: refined grains and high-fiber breakfast cereal. No word from researchers on what color the sky is or what direction the sun rises.Though the study serves as reminder of the importance of fiber in a healthy diet, it also provides evidence once again that a lot of nutrition can simply be boiled down (not fried) to common sense. Yes, it’d be nice if battered poultry landed in the healthy column, but that’s like hoping science will confirm that eating those 2 sticks of celery offsets the caloric intake of an entire plate of buffalo wings. Also, your buddy who swears that those celery sticks are actually negative calories? Yeah, he’s wrong.