Some simple interventions used by pediatricians were enough to change a parent’s perspective about a child’s being overweight or obese, and change the parent’s behaviors at home to reduce those risks.
The prevalence of childhood obesity and overweight appears to vary widely among states, according to a report in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity has dramatically increased in the United States, according to background information in the article.
Children with more body fat and less endurance than their fitter, leaner counterparts have stiffer arteries at a young age, researchers say. Stiff arteries are a hallmark of atherosclerosis, a typically adult condition in which blood vessels become clogged. “When children at such a young age start getting diseases only adults used to get, it’s… [Continue Reading]
The association between television viewing and childhood obesity is directly related to children’s exposure to commercials that advertise unhealthy foods, according to a study. The study is the first to break down the types of television children watch to better determine whether different kinds of content may exert different effects on obesity.
Researchers have found that a gene already implicated in the development of type 2 diabetes in adults also raises the risk of childhood obesity. The study results shed light on the genetic origins of diabetes which is on the increase in childhood and adolescence. “It has been a bit of a mystery to scientists how… [Continue Reading]
It comes as no surprise that researchers have discovered that the corner store that is found everywhere in most cities has become a major snack food source for school age children, and thus a supply of junk food that contributes to the childhood obesity problem. Researchers from Temple University and The Food Trust recently examined… [Continue Reading]