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Gut bacteria different in children who become overweight compared to those who stay normal weight
Friday, September 24, 2010 7:21 am Email this article
Children who become overweight have a different amounts of a couple bacteria in their gut than children who remain normal weight according to a study from the University of Turku in Turku, Finland.
Those who become overweight have only roughly half as much of bifidobacterial, but have twice as much of a Staphylococcus aureus.
"Aberrant compositional development of the gut microbiota precedes overweight, offering new possibilities for preventive and therapeutic applications in weight management," the authors of the study concluded.
While this may sound crazy, other studies have also linked gut bacteria with the risk of obesity. REFERENCE
Kalliomaki M, Collado M, Salminen S, Isolauri E. Early differences in fecal microbiota composition in children may predict overweight. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008 Mar, 87(3):534-38.
AUTHOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION
Functional Foods Forum and Program on Health Biosciences and the Department of Pediatrics
University of Turku
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