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Link Found Between Preschoolers’ Calorie Intake And Dental, Weight Problems

June 22, 2010: 11:48 AM EST
Tooth decay in preschool children is a sign that too many calories are being consumed and may also indicate a greater risk of obesity, according to a new U.S. study. Researchers studied 65 children aged 2-5 years who were treated for tooth decay. Their body mass index (BMI) was also calculated. Eighteen of the children were found to be overweight – 28 percent of the group, compared to 21 percent in the general population. A questionnaire about the children’s eating habits found that both the normal-weight and overweight children consumed more calories per day than suggested for their age, i.e., 1,440 and 1,570 calories respectively.“Poor eating habits may play a role in both tooth decay and obesity in preschoolers,” the researchers said.
Kathleen Bethin, MD, PhD, et al., "Study Shows a Possible Link between Preschoolers’ Cavities and Excess Body Fat", Presentation, Endocrine Society annual meeting, June 22, 2010, © Bethin, et al.
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