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Archive for the ‘Teenage Health’ Category

A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that school-based nutrition programs which encourage children to eat more fruits and vegetables have been somewhat successful. Charlotte Evans, author and nutrition researcher at the University of Leeds in the UK, believes that although the results showed that the children ate just a little more fruits than vegetables, the good health habits they acquire during childhood may be carried through adulthood. The study involved 21 school-based programs which included about 900 students per study, who were aged 5-12 years old. The programs included various strategies which ranged from simple […]

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Overweight Teens Eat Less Than Normal Weight Peers

A cross-sectional study which represents the national population reveals that while young overweight children eat a lot more calories than their normal-weight peers, overweight and obese adolescents eat fewer calories than their counterparts. These findings were published online in Pediatrics by Asheley Cockrell Skinner, PhD, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and colleagues. For the study, the researchers analyzed the diets of more than 12,000 children aged 1 to 17 years, as collected and reported in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2001 to 2008. The children were categorized according to their weight status as obese, […]

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Healthy School Lunches Required

Childhood obesity among Americans is reaching epic proportions, such that about a third of US kids are either overweight or obese, and about a quarter of young adults are too fat to enlist in the army. To address this public health problem new federal nutrition standards have been set to limit calories and sodium while increasing servings of fruit and vegetables in school lunches. Michelle Obama has also prioritized childhood obesity on the national agenda, and with her “Let’s Move!” initiative she has encouraged schools and healthcare professionals to get children to eat well and be more active. The USDA’s […]

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Working Moms and their Children’s Health

A newly published research paper written by a Cornell University health economist reveals that American mothers with full-time jobs spend about 3.5 fewer hours per day on chores such as cooking, grocery shopping and playing with children compared to stay-at-home and unemployed moms. It was also found that working moms are more likely to make up for this lack of time by purchasing prepared foods in the form of takeout from restaurants or prepackaged, ready-to-eat meals from the grocery. Although these are generally less nutritious than home-cooked meals, lead author John Cawley states that it is not accurate to attribute […]

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Obesity and Gallstones in Children

Researchers of Kaiser Permanente Southern California in Pasadena led by Corinna Koebnick, PhD report online in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition that children who are obese have a greater risk of having gallstones compared to their normal weight peers. Although the condition is common among female adults who are obese, it used to be rare among children and little is known about possible contributing factors. Gallstones form in the liver or gallbladder when bile becomes saturated with cholesterol, which commonly occurs in obesity. Biliary cholesterol from the liver also increases in the presence of estrogen, thus more females […]

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