Articles like these are why my children are not so happy that I have a job like this. This article reports that in a study comparing healthy, 11-year-old boys and girls who have either been on unrestricted diets, or low-fat diets, since infancy, the boys who were put on the lower-fat diets fared better. Examinations of their arteries revealed enhanced elasticity of the arterial walls. For some reason, the diet showed statistically significant changes only in the boys, this article reported.
Of course, now that my oldest, and chunky, son is 12, it’s a little too late for me to put him on a low-fat diet starting in infancy. But for the past couple of years, I have been encouraging him to either walk, swim, or use our elliptical trainer. I admit that I have not been as engaged with encouraging him lately as I might. Boy, is he in for it tonight. I have to younger sons who are also going to come home from school and find healthier snacks awaiting them. Apparently, it’s never too early to start.