Adequate Muscle Mass Contributes to Healthy Weight Gain1 (Better Muscle Weight)
The bulk of muscular tissue in a person’s body is known as muscle mass. The skeletal muscle mass of a child’s body increases at a faster rate than the body weight.1
In boys, the estimated muscle mass as a percentage of body weight increases by 42-54% during the ages of 5-17 years. Whereas, 40-45% increase in muscle mass is seen in girls between the ages of 5 to 13 years2. If the muscle mass is adequate, it can contribute to a healthy weight gain among children.
MULTIPLE NUTRIENTS ARE REQUIRED TO SUPPORT
HEALTHY SKELETAL MUSCLE MASS GROWTH IN CHILDREN3
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- Human vitamin and mineral requirements. http://www.fao.org/docrep/004/y2809e/y2809e00.htm#Contents. FAO website. Accessed September 10, 2014.
- Mithal A, et al. Impact of nutrition on muscle mass, strength, and performance in older adults. Osteoporos Int. 2013 May;24(5):1555-66.
- Thiamin. Medline Plus. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002401.htm. Accessed on October 24, 2014