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Archive for the ‘Obesity in Children’ Category

Neighborhood a Factor in Childhood Obesity

Researchers from Toronto, Ontario, Canada identify a child’s neighborhood as one of the modifiable risk factors that can affect their likelihood of becoming obese. The study is part of a research collaboration called TARGetKids! (The Applied Research Group for Kids), which looks into the factors children have early in life that could later lead to health problems. Lead author Julia B. Morinis, MD, MSc, a pediatrician at Hospital for Sick Children, and colleagues enrolled about 4,000 healthy children ages 0-5 years and collected data on their physical measurements, nutrition, and physical activity. Details about area of residency, their neighborhood, population, […]

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Obese Dads Increase Offspring’s Risk of Disease

A recent study published in the journal BMC Medicine suggests that obesity in parents, particularly the father, may be related to an increased risk of developing certain cancers in their children. The research team led by Adelheid Soubry, PhD, associate of Duke Cancer Institute wanted to determine the link between obesity in parents and changes in DNA methylation at the IGF2 (insulin-like growth factor 2) gene in their offspring. DNA methylation regulates the activity of certain genes and a decrease in this process has been associated with higher risk of cancer development such as ovarian and colorectal cancers. The study […]

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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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How Parents Should Confront a Kid’s Weight Issue

Many parents of obese children hesitate to talk to their children about their weight issues, according to childhood obesity expert Dr. Joanna Dolgoff. She advises parents to acknowledge and confront the issue because childhood obesity can lead to a lifetime of health and emotional problems. Dolgoff, a New York-based pediatrician is serving as a medical consultant in the new season of the NBC reality weight-loss show “The Biggest Loser.” Although the program, which now includes obese adolescents, has generated a lot of controversy from critics, Dolgoff asserts that the program may initiate a national dialogue to tackle the problem of […]

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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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