Weight loss, bone stress injury, eating behaviors associated with dietary supplement use in preadolescent runners

Susan S. Johnson
Prior weight loss, history of bone stress injury, and eating behaviors associated with dietary supplement use in preadolescent e
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The first investigation into the prevalence of dietary supplement and sport food use in male and female middle school-aged runners has found that almost half the study participants used these products on two or more days a week during the prior year. Characteristics associated with supplement use included a prior bone stress injury, following a vegetarian diet and behaviors suggesting dietary restrictions such as losing weight and skipping meals, researchers report in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

“The preadolescent years represent a crucial period of growth. While previous studies have

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Vegetarian diet quality influences mental health

Susan S. Johnson
Vegetarian diet quality influences mental health
Dr Megan Lee of Bond University has researched the diets of vegans and vegetarians. Credit: Cavan Flynn

Not all vegan and vegetarian diets are healthy—and one consequence of a low-quality plant-based diet could be poorer mental health.

New research has found plant-eaters with a taste for processed foods are more susceptible to depression than peers with diets high in fresh produce.

Megan Lee, a researcher in nutritional psychiatry at Bond University, said the findings were significant given the increasing popularity of vegan and vegetarian lifestyles and the proliferation of packaged foods targeting those markets.

Many of the products are high

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