Study looks at three types of healthy diets for kids

The Centers for Disease Control says one in five children and adolescents in the United States are obese.

A recent study from Cleveland Clinic shows the benefits of three different types of diets.

"We studied 9 to 18-year-olds who were at the greater than 95th percentile for their body mass index, which is the definition of obesity," explained Michael Macknin, MD, pediatrician for Cleveland Clinic. "We studied them and one of their parents and randomly assigned them to one of three healthy eating patterns: either the Mediterranean diet, the American Heart Association diet or a plant based diet."

The study found all three of the diets had significant decreases in weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels.

The risk for heart disease also declined.