Zinc nutritional status in obese children and adolescents

Zinc nutritional status in obese children and adolescents

Author Marreiro, Dilina do Nascimento Google Scholar
Fisberg, Mauro Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Cozzolino, Silvia Maria Franciscato Google Scholar
Institution Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Sao Marcos Univ
Abstract Studies in animals and humans have corroborated that zinc (Zn) metabolism is altered in obesity. The present work intends to evaluate the Zn nutritional status in obese children and adolescents by the determination of some biochemical parameters and analyses of the diets. The investigation was carried out in a group of obese children and adolescents (n = 23) and compared to a control group (n = 21), both between 7 and 14 yr of age. A software analyzed diet information from 3-d food records. Body composition was evaluated by body mass index, bioelectrical impedance, and skinfold measurements. Zinc nutritional status was evaluated by Zn determination in plasma, erythrocyte, and 24-h urine, by atomic absorption spectrophotometry (lambda = 213.9 nm). Diets consumed by both groups had marginal concentrations of zinc. Zinc concentrations in plasma and erythrocytes were significantly lower in the obese group. Urinary zinc excretion was significantly higher in the same group. The results allowed one to conclude that zinc nutritional status in obese individuals is altered.
Keywords zinc
adolescent nutrition
child nutrition
nutritional status
Language English
Date 2002-05-01
Published in Biological Trace Element Research. Totowa: Humana Press Inc, v. 86, n. 2, p. 107-122, 2002.
ISSN 0163-4984 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Humana Press Inc
Extent 107-122
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1385/BTER:86:2:107
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000175307300002
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/11600/42827

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