Table 2

Anthropometrics of male offspring at weaning, week 12 and week 18*

Obese-APMObese-STVObese-WTRLean-reference
Weaning weight, g
Lean mass, g
78.2±2.872.5±4.768.3±3.371.1±2.8
 Weaning59.7±1.353.7±3.952.8±1.754.3±1.7
 12 weeks469±13420±22428±17436±8
 18 weeks531±12483±19488±21484±11
Body fat, %
 Weaning26.0±1.3a24.7±1.2a21.0±1.2b20.7±0.8
 12 weeks24.8±1.422.5±1.326.2±2.416.3±1.0
 18 weeks30.4±1.330.6±1.832.0±1.923.3±1.8
Bone mineral density, g/cm2
 Weaning0.08±0.004a0.09±0.007a0.12±0.01b0.09±0.003
 12 weeks0.17±0.0020.16±0.0020.17±0.0020.16±0.002
 18 weeks0.18±0.0020.18±0.0020.18±0.0020.18±0.001
Liver weight, g
 Weaning2.7±0.082.6±0.152.5±0.112.6±0.14
 12 weeks19.5±2.015.3±1.317.5±1.317.7±1.9
 18 weeks23.0±1.3a17.7±0.8b21.6±1.2ab15.8±0.3
  • a,bsuperscripts indicate significant differences between groups of the same sex where labelled means without a common superscript letter differ, p≤0.05 (ie, ‘a’ and ‘b’ differ; ‘ab’ does not differ from ‘a’ or ‘b’).

  • *Values are means±SEM. Obese-APM, obese aspartame (n=9); obese-STV, obese stevia (n=7); obese-WTR, obese control (n=6); lean-reference, lean control (n=10; not included in statistical analysis).