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One-third of US Children Take Dietary Supplements: Study

by Medindia Content Team on October 7, 2007 at 12:31 PM
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One-third of US Children Take Dietary Supplements: Study

Almost one-third of U.S. children take dietary supplements in some or the other form comprising mostly of multivitamins and multiminerals, a study says.

The study, conducted in parts by researchers at RTI International and the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health, analysed data from a 1999-2002, which included more than 10,000 children from birth to 18 years of age.

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"Dietary supplements are an important source of nutrition for American children, but national estimates of nutrition intake rarely account for them," Samara Joy Nielsen, Ph.D., a nutrition epidemiologist at RTI and the paper's co-author said.

"To accurately assess children's health and health risks, we need to include children's intake of both dietary supplements and food when examining overall nutrient intakes," she added.
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The study showed that children in higher-income families, children who spent less time watching television, playing video games, or on the computer; and the ones in smoke-free households were more likely to use supplements.

The researchers also revealed that almost half of the kids in the age group of 4- to 8-years took dietary supplements, but only slightly higher than 25 percent of kids in the age group of 14- to 18-years who took dietary supplements.

The study is published in Archives of Paediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

Source: ANI
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