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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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Posted in: Exercise, Kid's Health, Lifestyle, Obesity, Obesity in Children, Obesity in Teens

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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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Posted in: Appetite Control, Diet, Food, News Briefs, Obesity, Obesity in Children, Overweight

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Early Weight Loss Intervention for Kids

Two studies recently published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine suggest that weight loss programs are more likely to succeed among overweight and obese kids when they are done at an early age. One of the studies, conducted by Dutch scientists led by Dr. Gianni Bocca of Beatrix Children’s Hospital in Groningen, found that three to five-year old obese children who were placed under an intensive weight-loss program gained fewer pounds over 4 months than kids who received usual care. The intervention consisted of dietary advice and behavioral counseling for parents and exercise for the kids. They also […]

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After analyzing the results of several studies, University of Oxford researchers report that obese children and adolescents are at greater risk for heart disease than their normal-weight peers, posing a possible burden of disease on the population. The study which was recently published on bmj.com looked into 63 studies conducted after 1990 that involved almost 50,000 healthy children between 5 and 15 years old. They identified overweight (with a body mass index or BMI of > 25) and obese (BMI greater than 30) children and compared the prevalence of known cardiovascular disease risk factors with normal-weight children (BMI of 25 […]

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Posted in: Diabetes, Diseases, Heart Disease, Kid's Health, News Briefs, Obesity, Obesity Risk, Stroke

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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 […]

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

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