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25th European Nutrition and Dietetics Conference

Rome, Italy

Lina Rammal

Diet Center Owner & CEO, Lebanon

Title: Childhood Obesity: Problems and solutions: The key diets to beat & treat childhood obesity


Biography: Lina Rammal



Who is among your families and relatives doesn't know an obese child who suffers from implementing a healthy
diet plan? Because their prevalence is rapidly increasing, the purpose of the study came to find the best diet
program to treat childhood obesity and to evolve new preventive methods. Two types of diets were used on two
stages over 23 obese children to monitor their weight and other health risk factors. They decreased in treatment
phase 5 kg/ First month by using plant rich diet then they decreased 2.2kg/ month in control and preventive phase
by using varied and balanced diet. Based on both clinical observations and applied theories the plant rich diet is
a useful key in treatment phase but variation and moderation is another essential key in preventive phase. Obese
children and depressed mother's faces are the daily routine in my Diet Center. That's why finding the key diet to beat
and prevent obesity was a challenge. The Purpose of every successful Diet Program should take into consideration
the concerns of both children and parents and the balance in quantity and quality of consumed foods. According to
my clinical observations vegetarian diet package was the best treatment .To confirm it, an inductive qualitative study
was conducted. Taking 23 from both gender obese children aged 6-11 years and using full nutrition assessment tools
as methods to test the effectiveness of medium caloric plant versus animal based diets over 14 days with cyclic followups
and anthropometric measurements recordings. Using meter for height and full body composition analyzer for
weight , %B.F , %B.W , % Muscle , BMR , BMI and measurable tape for waist to hip ratio and bone circumference
. They are asked to use first 14 days the plant based diet then a follow up to monitor all the previous factors then to
change to the animal based diet .then assessment . Then maintenance and prevention by reintroducing the omitted
items steadily. Analysis of collected data shows a significant difference between plant and varied dieters' results. 4
of 24 cases failed to implement both plant and varied based diets and did not came for their first follow up. 10 cases
succeeded in implementing plant based diet and loosing an average of 2.5 kg/ 14 days while 10 cases succeeded in
implementing varied based diet and lost only 1.1 kg. Challenges made significant differences in all anthropometric
measurements. After Clinical observations it was clear that the plant rich diet is a first key in the first month of
treatment to decrease 10% of morbidity and health risk factors. Upon applied theories varied and balanced diet
is another key in the control phase to help children continue decreasing their excess body weight while growing
properly. All parties should cooperate to overcome challenges for a society free from childhood obesity.