Quotation Dong, Di, Bilger, Marcel, van Dam, Rob M., Finkelstein, Eric A. 2015. Consumption Of Specific Foods And Beverages And Excess Weight Gain Among Children And Adolescents. Health Affairs. 34 (11), 1940-1948.




Efforts are under way to identify successful strategies to reduce long-term childhood obesity risk, such as ways to improve diet quality. To identify foods and beverages associated with excess weight gain, we used cohort data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children in the United Kingdom. We quantified the associations between changes in or levels of consumption of twenty-seven food and beverage groups and excess weight gain in three-year periods among youth ages 7–13. When we considered all dietary factors and physical activity levels simultaneously, we found that foods with the largest positive associations with three-year excess weight gain were fat spread (butter or margarine), coated (breaded or battered) poultry, potatoes cooked in oil (French fries, roasted potatoes, and potato chips), coated fish, processed meats, other meats, desserts and sweets, milk, and sugar-sweetened beverages. Foods associated with weight loss were whole grains and high-fiber cereals. These results provide evidence for targeting specific food and beverage groups in efforts to influence weight outcomes.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Health Affairs
Citation Index SCI
Language English
Title Consumption Of Specific Foods And Beverages And Excess Weight Gain Among Children And Adolescents
Volume 34
Number 11
Year 2015
Page from 1940
Page to 1948
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2015.0434
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.healthaffairs.org/doi/10.1377/hlthaff.2015.0434


Bilger, Marcel (Details)
Dong, Di (Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore)
Finkelstein, Eric A. (Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore)
van Dam, Rob M. (Harvard TH Chan, United States/USA)
Health Economics and Policy Group AB (Details)
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