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Posts Tagged ‘causes of childhood obesity’

Reduce Weight Gain by Cutting Sugary Drinks

Two studies which were simultaneously published in the New England Journal of Medicine recently show that limiting children’s intake of sugary beverages can help reduce weight gain, thereby providing support for public health guidelines to such effect. In the first study called the DRINK trial, Martijn Katan, MD, PhD, of VU University Amsterdam and his colleagues gave more than 600 normal-weight school children (with an average age of 8 years) either a sugary beverage or sugar-free (artificially sweetened) drink daily for 18 months. The drinks were indistinguishable from one another and contained 104 and zero calories, respectively. At the end […]

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Posted in: Kid's Health, Lifestyle, News Briefs, Research Study, Weight Loss

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A preliminary study recently published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics suggests that educating parents to put less pressure on their children to eat certain foods can help reduce childhood obesity. The educational approach was based on “division of responsibility” (DOR), where parents are responsible for providing and serving food, while children take responsibility for deciding whether or not to eat and how much to eat. The study was conducted by Dr. W. Stewart Agras of Stanford University and colleagues, who enrolled 62 families having at least one overweight or obese parent and a child aged 2-4 years […]

Continue reading Prevent Childhood Obesity – Don’t Force Kids to Eat

Posted in: Appetite Control, Diet, Healthy Eating, Kid's Health, Lifestyle, Longevity, News Briefs, Parenting

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Factors that determine the risk for overweight in children not only include lifestyle factors, but more than these, their family and social environments affect their weight gain. The results of a systematic analysis of studies conducted by researchers from Germany show that interventions aimed to reduce the prevalence of overweight kids must focus on family and social environments. A second important factor is that children must spend less time using televisions and computers. The study, published online in Pediatrics, was led by Sandra Plachta-Danielzik, PhD, who looked into the database for the International Consortium on Obesity Prevention in Children and […]

Continue reading Parental Obesity and Screen Time Pose Greatest Risks for Childhood Overweight

Posted in: Diet, Healthy Eating, Kid's Health, Lifestyle, News Briefs, Obesity, Obesity in Children, Obesity Risk

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Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine suggests that babies exposed to high fat diet after birth are at risk for obesity, a factor that is more important than exposure to unhealthy nutrition during their mothers’ pregnancy. They made this conclusion after conducting experiments in pregnant rats, half of which were fed a normal diet, and the other half a high fat diet. To compare the impact of prenatal versus postnatal exposure to a maternal high-fat diet on offspring obesity, Kellie L.K. Tamashiro, Ph.D and her team gave half of the offspring of the high-fat mother rats to […]

Continue reading Babies’ Diet after Birth Influences Risk for Obesity

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