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Children Bullied Over Health Issues

Two studies published recently in Pediatrics show that bullying over health issues is common among schoolchildren, and that those who suffer from food allergies or are seeking treatment for obesity are most likely to be targeted. One study reports that about one-third of children with food allergies are harassed specifically due to their food allergies and are threatened by bullies with the offending allergen. Eyal Shemesh, MD, of Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, and colleagues analyzed surveys conducted on 251 children with established food allergy, who were aged 8 to 17, and their parents. They were being […]

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Statistics on Vitamin D Deficiency in Kids

Research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas involving risk factors linked with vitamin D deficiency among children in the US shows that obesity and racial and ethnicity factors have the greatest influence on vitamin D levels. Christy Boling Turer, MD, MHS, and colleagues report in the journal Pediatrics nationally representative estimates of vitamin D deficiency (levels lower than 20 ng/mL) according to body mass index (BMI) among children ages 6 to 18 years who were enrolled in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey conducted in 2003-2006. The researchers found that vitamin D deficiency increased with […]

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Studies have shown that American children aged 8-18 watch about 4 ½ hours of TV every day. More than two-thirds of these have a TV in their bedroom. Studies also show that one-third of children aged 6-19 are obese. Previous research suggests that habitual TV viewing during childhood and adolescence carries on into adulthood, which has been associated with overweight and increased cholesterol levels. Lead investigator Peter T. Katzmarzyk, PhD from the Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA states that while most studies on the link between prolonged TV viewing and childhood obesity focus predominantly on body mass index […]

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Healthy Snacks Mean Fewer Calories for Children

Researchers at Cornell University found that children are more likely to consume fewer calories if they eat nutrient-dense snacks, such as vegetables and cheese, compared to less nutritious snacks like potato chips. Brian Wansink, PhD, and fellow researchers recently published their study in Pediatrics, showing that children who ate vegetables for snacks needed fewer calories to achieve satiety than those who ate potato chips. In the study, 201 children were randomly assigned to take one of four different snacks while watching TV: vegetables only, cheese only, potato chips only, or a combination snack of vegetables and cheese. The children were […]

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Brain Activity and Self-Control in Obese Children

Researchers from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the University of Kansas Medical Center have found why obese children are probably more vulnerable to the effects of food advertisements compared to children of healthy weight. They have shown, through brain imaging techniques that brain responses of children may vary, with regards to seeing commercial food logos, and may influence their self-control towards eating. Food marketing has been regarded as an important factor which may contribute to the rising rates of childhood obesity. US companies spend billions of dollars marketing food products including beverages, and majority of those advertised on television […]

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