China: Probiotics may help obese children shed weight

07 November 2019

Probiotic supplements could help obese children lose weight, new research suggests.

A trial assessed 54 children aged six to 14, all of whom were classed as obese, measuring their weight and metabolic health markers at the beginning and end of a 12-week period.

Obese children treated with probiotic supplements, reduced-calorie diet and exercise regime lost significantly more weight and had better metabolic health than those dieting and exercising alone.

This suggests the supplements may not only help obese children lose body weight, but also reduce their risk of future metabolic conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

The findings were presented at a meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology.

Professor Rui-Min Chen of Fuzhou Children’s Hospital, the lead author, said that probiotic supplementation ‘may be an effective strategy for the prevention and treatment of obesity in the future’.

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