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Studies in adults indicate that dietary polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) composition may play a role in development of adiposity. Because adipocyte quantity is established between late childhood and early adolescence, understanding the impact of PUFAs on weight gain during the school-age years is crucial to developing effective interventions.


  • Perng W, Villamor E, Mora-Plazas M, Marin C, Baylin A. Alphalinolenic acid (ALA) is inversely related to development of adiposity in school-age children. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2015  Feb;69(2):167-72. PMID: 25271016; PMCID: PMC4648352.

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Research Details

  • Research Center: University of Michigan

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