Parents who cut fat from their children's meals in an attempt to prevent them from needing obesity treatment may be doing more harm than good, experts have warned.
A new study has found that children burn considerably more fat for every calorie spent than adults.
The discovery backs up current dietary guidelines, which recommend that children should be given a certain amount of fat in their food to ensure they have the necessary energy and nutrition as they grow.
John Kostyak of the Pennsylvania State University, who conducted the research, said: "Prepubescent children may oxidise more fat relative to total energy expenditure than adults for the purpose of supporting normal growth processes such as higher rates of protein synthesis, lipid storage and bone growth."
He therefore advises parents to provide children with a diet containing a moderate amount of fat in order to keep them healthy.