(PCM) As if you needed another reason to keep your kids healthy and active, a new study suggests that obese children develop risk factors for heart disease that usually aren’t seen until adulthood. That’s pretty scary. The risk factors – including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar levels and even thickening of the heart muscle – can boost a child’s risk of heart disease by up to 40 percent, say British researchers.
Lead researcher Claire…Read full post
Childhood obesity is a major problem in the United States, with nearly 1/3 of children considered either overweight or obese. But there are things we can do about it…and it starts with school vending machines.
A new study published in the journal Pediatrics has found that children in states with strict laws that regulate the sale of snacks and sugary drinks gained less weight than those living in states without laws or regulations. What’s more, children who…Read full post
Fifty-one percent of children’s food products have fruit on the box but no fruit inside. Surprised? Probably not. It turns out, even though U.S. food companies are making children’s cereals slightly healthier these days, adding more whole grain and slightly less sugar, they are also increasing advertisements of their unhealthiest cereals.
A study from Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity assessed the “Cereal Facts” and found that although cereal makers are increasing the fiber…Read full post
One in three children in this country is overweight or obese. Studies show that those children miss school four times as often as healthy-weight kids, don’t perform as well academically, and are at risk for a number of health problems down the road. If we don’t stop this devastating trend, this generation will be the first in our history to live shorter lives than their parents.
When it comes to the health and education of children in this country, most school districts aren’t going to cut spending on the latter to provide a better food choice for kids (who, most likely, choose the competitive lunch items instead, e.g. pizza, soft pretzels, vending machine items). However, districts need to start brainstorming; childhood obesity is not only a major health concern, but now, new research suggests it leads to poorer math performance. Looks like it’s not one…Read full post
The childhood obesity problem in this country is growing, despite the frighteningly high stakes: Excess weight in children between 3 and 6 causes an increase in heart disease risk factors even in toddlerhood, increases the risk of adult obesity, and a number of other physical and emotional health issues.
The last thing you should have to worry about with your toddler is heart disease and obesity, yet, the childhood obesity numbers just keeps rising.
“Obesity has increased from 5 percent…Read full post