There are a lot of headlines about obesity in children and adolescents and for good reason; in 2012 nearly 1 in 5 children and adolescents in the US were obese. However, it is important to recognize that body fat accumulation reflects excess energy and not excess micronutrient like vitamins and minerals or other nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Hidden hunger; adequate energy intake but insufficient micronutrients is a global problem.
Congratulations to Michelle Cardel (@michellecardel) for being selected as the 2015 recipient of the ASN Grand Prize for Young Minority Investigators, sponsored by DSM Nutritional Products LLC. Her presentation was entitled “Self-concept and obesity risk in low income diverse preschoolers”. She is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado, Denver being mentored by Dr James Hill and Susan Johnson. Michelle follows in the footsteps of previous winners: 2014 Monique LeMieux, Texas Tech University, 2013 Christine Hutchinson, Iowa State University; 2012 Wanida Lewis, North Carolina State University, and 2011 Maria Carlota Dao, Tufts University.
Nutrient deficiencies are often thought of as a thing of the past. You often hear that Americans are quite well nourished, despite the fact that inadequate intake of nutrients like vitamin D from the diet is nearly ubiquitous in America today. In 2012, the CDC released figures demonstrating the prevalence of individual deficiencies based on nationally representative biochemical assessment data from the latest round of NHANES showing that, contrary to popular belief, deficiencies are very much present in the modern day United States.
Experimental Biology 2015 (#ExpBio) starts Saturday in Boston, MA. The meeting will host nearly 14,000 scientists and exhibitors. The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) will hold its annual meeting bringing together many of its >5,000 members from around the globe.
DSM Nutritional Products is proud to continue its support of the ASN Minority Affairs and Diversity Committee (MARC). The MARC committee, chaired by Dr Charlotte Pratt, enhances the participation of scientists from minority groups.
Poor vitamin status contributes to poor growth in children 6-to 30-months of age. This is the conclusion of Strand and colleagues from a randomized, placebo controlled double-blind study providing twice the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of folic acid and/or vitamin B12 (vs placebo) daily for 6 months.
While caregivers may sometimes feel they have relinquished control of their lives to their children, the food and cultural experiences of toddlers are set by caregivers.