Preliminary Results (June 2004)
- by Gabriel Cousens, M.D.
The Tree of Life Foundation, under the direction of Gabriel Cousens, M.D., M.D. (H), is involved in a study of the effects of a live food diet on the growth patterns of pre-pubescent children as measured by height and weight.
At this stage, the preliminary data shows that the heights of 74 percent of the children are above the lowest 25th percentile and the weights of 68 percent of the children are above the lowest 25th percentile.
All children were above the lowest 10th percentile. In fact, the heights of 37% of the children are actually above the upper 75th percentile, which is above average. Over 60 percent of the children are above average for both height and weight as measured by The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
It is important to note that the height and weight of the raw food children are in these ranges without being influenced by the stimulating effects of growth hormones - to which the majority of non-vegan children are exposed.
It is interesting to note that the National Center for Health and Statistics (2001) shows the average weight for children “has doubled” while heights have remained the same. This suggests that we have a serious obesity problem in US children.