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Children’s Weight Gain Is Related To Brain’s Energy Expenditure

The children are quite plumpy in their early ages but tend to lose weight drastically the moment they start growing. It has been found that weight gain generally occurs when an individual tends to consume more compared to the amount of energy spent. The calories consumed are higher compared to the calories spent. However, to date, it has not been found that when the body’s half the energy is used by the brain during early childhood is when the weight loss in children begins. The researchers have put in a hypothesis that the energy demand of the brain and obesity risk does have a connection. Christopher Kuzawa from Northwestern University along with Clancy Blair from New York University School of Medicine have found that difference in the energy demands during the brain development in different kids in terms of the intensity, timing, and energy use period tends to influence patterns of energy loss and weight gain.

It is a very well-known fact that the burning of calories has a major influence on weight loss or gain. The basic aim of the current study is to shift the focus on the brain’s energy use when it comes to studying child development, especially in terms of obesity and weight loss. The idea of stimulating the brain via various enrichment programs like Chess, Head Start could have a major impact on the brains pattern of energy expenditure. It is believed that the increased use of energy by the brain could possibly be a positive sign for child development and have many other benefits as well despite the drastic weight loss. It was found that the brain consumes two-thirds of the body’s energy in a lifetime in children until 5 years-old. The energy is basically pulled by the brain during early childhood for better brain development.

The childhood growth in humans is comparatively very slow than the other mammals or primates as their brain requires more energy to grow and develop. The present study has been published in PNAS. Australian researchers have laid to rest a longstanding controversy about whether the babies are sterile in the womb. The bacterial exposure begins in the womb itself and thus it helps shape the development of the fetal immune system, gut, and brain.

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