Soccer, being a vigorous sport has been found by researchers from California to raise the levels of physical activity of children who are overweight and obese, according to a study that was recently posted online in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. The study involved more than 150 students from six schools. Researchers implemented the soccer program of America SCORES (an urban youth development program) in three of the schools. The aim of the study was to find out the effect the program would have on the physical activity, weight and fitness of students in a large, urban school district. A significant […]Continue reading Soccer Gets Obese Kids Moving
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The chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is a component found in some plastics, food can liners and store receipts. It has been associated with various negative health outcomes such as obesity, impaired glucose tolerance, and behavioral problems. To reduce BPA exposure, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) recommends avoiding the use of plastic containers marked 3 and 7, using glass, porcelain, or stainless steel containers for hot foods and liquids, and eating less canned food. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration banned the use of BPA in sippy cups and baby bottles. Lead author Kathleen Donohue, MD, an assistant […]Continue reading BPA Increases Risk for Childhood Asthma
Recent findings reveal a significant decrease in time spent in managing the household between the period 1965 and 2010 as a result of modern technology like Roomba (robotic vacuum cleaners) as well as screen-based media time. Researchers suggest that the decline in energy spent in managing the household may have contributed to the widespread increase of obesity in women. The research team analyzed data of more than 55,000 women with age ranging from 19-65 years, looking into how women spent their time. Data on the incremental increases in body weight were likewise reviewed. The results of the analysis show the […]Continue reading Robotic Vacuum Cleaners Linked to Obesity?
A new study suggests that decline in walking speed may be linked with increased fat in thigh muscles and loss of muscle mass in the same area. According to lead author Kristen Beavers, PhD, gaining fat in and around the muscles comes with age and they figured that fat build-up in the leg muscle itself would be associated with a slow down in the speed of walking. The research team studied a sample of more than 2,000 adults of both genders with a mean age of about 75 years. The walking speed was determined by measuring the time it would […]Continue reading Thigh Fat Slows Down Older Adults
In a recent study, researchers noted a “modest but clinically meaningful increased likelihood of obesity” in people residing in districts with lots of signs and billboards on outdoor foods or fast food compare to areas without these advertisements. Previous studies showed the prevalence of fast-food ads in low-income, minority areas and the impact of marketing fast foods. Since obesity has been a pressing health problem, Dr. Lenard Lesser who conducted the study wanted to find out the contributory factors leading to eating too much fast foods or processed foods. The study examined 200 census districts from a crowded population area […]Continue reading Outdoor Fast-Food Ads Make People Fat