The Original Article in this issue of the Archives titled, “Use of a DASH Food Group Score to Predict Excess Weight Gain in Adolescent Girls in the National Growth and Health Study,” is significant and timely. The National Growth and Health Study, funded as a cooperative agreement in the 1980s, by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, has taught us that African American girls in particular are highly at risk for weight gain during menarche. The study by Berz et al1 adds to the literature significantly by reporting that lower intake of fruit and low-fat dairy products were notably and directly related to excess weight gain over a 10-year period.
Klesges RC, Hare M. The DASH Diet Predicts Weight GainWhat Does This Mean for My Pediatric Practice?. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(6):567-568. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.62