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Archive for the ‘Obesity in Teens’ Category

Heavy Sugar Consumption in Black, Low-Income Kids

A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reports that black children and teens are more than twice as likely as white kids to consume sweetened fruit drinks on any given day. These fruit drinks include those that contain 100% actual fruit juice to those containing little actual fruit. The study showed that these kids are more likely to consume more than 500 calories a day from these beverages, which was considered heavy consumption in the research. The study also found that there has been a three-fold increase in the number of teens who consume […]

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Very Few Children Get Enough Exercise

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children should get at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise daily and should sit in front of a TV or computer screen for no more than 2 hours a day to maintain a healthy weight. However, researchers at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics found that only about two out of five elementary school children fulfill both criteria. Tala Fakhouri, PhD, MPH, and colleagues report that although seven out of ten children engage in moderate-to-vigorous exercise daily for at least 60 minutes, and more than half sit in front of a screen […]

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Advanced Kidney Disease Linked to Obesity in Kids

Adolescents who are obese or overweight have an increased risk for kidney disease, which can be fatal, a new study published recently in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows. Advanced kidney disease or end-stage kidney disease is a condition where the kidneys fail to excrete water and end products of metabolism, posing a serious threat to one’s life. Dr. Kirsten Johansen, a professor in the division of nephrology at the University of California, San Francisco comments in an accompanying editorial that losing weight may reduce one’s risk for kidney disease. She further states that although beating childhood obesity may not […]

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Exercise for Mental Health in Teens

Overweight and obese teenagers do not only suffer from the physical consequences of their weight problems, they also experience psychosocial issues brought about by bullying, teasing and discrimination from their peers. Because of this they are at risk for emotional as well as mental problems. Researchers found out however, that improving their fitness by doing moderate amounts of exercise, even in the absence of significant weight loss or loss of body fat can help them improve their self-image and empower them socially and academically. Gary Goldfield, PhD, clinical scientist with the Healthy Active Living and Obesity (HALO) Research Group at […]

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New research from the University of Alberta in Canada shows that overweight and obese children tend to use prescription medications more than their normal weight counterparts. Researchers from the School of Public Health evaluated the use of prescription drugs among more than 2,000 children using the 2007-2009 Canadian Health Measures Survey and found that overweight and obese kids ages 12-19 years were 59% more likely to take prescription medication than normal-weight kids. The study also revealed that overweight and obese children were more likely to take medications for respiratory diseases like allergies and asthma. Paul Veugelers, Canada Research Chair in […]

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