Combating Childhood Obesity with Caregivers as Change Agents

Louisiana is home to some of the unhealthiest youths in the nation, with 36% of 10-17-year-olds overweight. Also in Louisiana, 40.5% of African Americans are considered overweight or obese. Southern University Ag Center’s Nutrition and Health Program received a grant to combat childhood obesity. They conducted a study with 26 African Americans participants, in which the 15 participants in the treatment group drank Whey Protein shakes for breakfast for 24 weeks and lost a total of 190 pounds. This study shows promise in decreasing health risks and medical expenses related to obesity.

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