Health expert have announced that parents need to include fat in their children diets because fat help growth and normal development in children. It has been shown that children use and burn more body fat than adults for each calorie used up.

The researchers conducted a study in which they included 10 children aged 6 to 10 and 10 adults who all had healthy BMIs and who were given a standard diet - meals consisting of 13-18% protein, 50-55% carbohydrates and 30-35% fat. The study participants didn’t have to perform any activity but simply spend their time watching television or reading.

The researchers wanted to calculate how much fat participants oxidized by measuring their metabolic rates and the amounts of nitrogen in urine. The total amount of fat burned was pretty much the same in both children and adults except that the children burned considerably more fat relative to the amount of energy they used.

Researchers report that fat needs to be included in the children’s’ diets to support normal growth processes such as higher rates of protein synthesis, lipid storage and bone growth.
However, due to the obesity and health concerns, many parents restrict dietary fat.

The study shows that giving children low-fat and sugar-free products was a bad idea and that sufficient fat should be added to the children’s diets including small amounts of saturated fats. The recommended daily intake of fat for children aged 7 to 10 should be 76.6g a day for boys and 67.7g a day for girls.