Yogurt consumption in children: characterization and health-related impact

Childhood obesity has increased drastically since the late 1970s and unhealthy eating habits are just one of the causes. Some studies have shown that consuming dairy products such as yogurt helps control body weight in both adults and children. However, factors such as genetics and environment may play a role in this response as children who have an obese parent or live in low-income neighborhoods are more likely to become obese adults. The aim of this research is to look at the relationship between yogurt intake and metabolic health in children and adolescents at risk of obesity (i.e. at least one parent with obesity). This project will also benefit Alliance Santé Québec who will test and implement a new interactive technological platform (Data Lake concept), which allows for analysis of existing or new cohorts, making available new datasets about proximity ecosystems and eventually, access to other cohorts. This will allow better identification and characterization of environmental factors associated with dietary factors such as yogurt consumption and extension of existing cohorts to answer population health-related questions. TO BE CONT’D

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