What is the evidence to support using a low fat diet (<20% of total daily energy intake) as a means to treat pediatric obesity?
No research was identified in which a diet with less than 20% of total daily energy intake from fat was used to treat childhood obesity. There is insufficient evidence to make a judgment on the effectiveness of using a low-fat diet (under 20% of total daily energy intake) as a means of weight management in children or adolescents.
- Grade I means there is Good/Strong evidence supporting the statement;
- Grade II is Fair;
- Grade III is Limited/Weak;
- Grade IV is Expert Opinion Only;
- Grade V is Not Assignable.
- High (A) means we are very confident that the true effect lies close to that of the estimate of the effect;
- Moderate (B) means we are moderately confident in the effect estimate;
- Low (C) means our confidence in the effect estimate is limited;
- Very Low (D) means we have very little confidence in the effect estimate.
- Ungraded means a grade is not assignable.
Evidence Summary: What is the evidence to support using a low fat diet (<20% of total daily energy intake) as a means to treat pediatric obesity?
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- Ebbeling CB, Leidig MM, Sinclair KB, Hangen JP, and Ludwig DS. A Reduced–Glycemic Load Diet in the Treatment of Adolescent Obesity. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2003;157:773-779.
- Spieth L, Harnish J, Lenders C, Raezer L, Pereira M, Hangen SJ, Ludwig D. A Low-Glycemic Index Diet in the Treatment of Pediatric Obesity Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2000;154:947-951
Search Plan and Results: Diet therapy: Low fat diets 2005