Limiting unhealthy food marketing to children

Limiting unhealthy food marketing to children

Parents are concerned about food marketing and the way it impacts their children’s eating habits and would support policies to limit the marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children, according to a recent study by the Rudd Center. The study is the first of its kind to assess parents’ attitudes about policies to promote

BPA in children and teens linked to obesity

BPA in children and teens linked to obesity

Children and adolescents having higher concentrations of urinary bisphenol A (BPA), a manufactured chemical found in consumer products, significantly increases odds of being obese. Leonardo Trasande, M.D., M.P.P., of the NYU School of Medicine, New York City, conducted a study on a sample of nearly 3,000 children and adolescents. In the U.S. population, exposure [to

Childhood obesity – Soft drink consumption not a major contributor

Childhood obesity – Soft drink consumption not a major contributor

Most children and youth who consume soft drinks and other sweetened beverages, such as fruit punch and lemonade, are not at any higher risk for obesity than their peers who drink healthy beverages, says a new study published in the October issue of Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.

The study examined the relationship between beverage intake patterns of Canadian children and their risk for obesity and found sweetened beverage intake to be a risk factor only in boys aged 6-11.

Caloric moderation can reverse link between low birth weight and obesity

Caloric moderation can reverse link between low birth weight and obesity

Babies who are born small have a tendency to put on weight during childhood and adolescence if allowed free access to calories. However, a new animal model study at UCLA found when small babies were placed on a diet of moderately regulated calories during infancy, the propensity of becoming obese decreased.

Because this is an early study, UCLA researchers do not recommend that mothers of low-birth weight infants start restricting their child’s nutrition and suggest they consult with their child’s pediatrician regarding any feeding questions.

Dieting mothers increase obesity and diabetes risks in babies

Dieting mothers increase obesity and diabetes risks in babies

If you’re expecting, this might make you feel a little better about reaching for that pint of ice cream: New research published in the FASEB Journal suggests that twins, and babies of mothers who diet around the time of conception and in early pregnancy, may have an increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes throughout their lives.

This study provides exciting insights into how behavior can lead to epigenetic changes in offspring related to obesity and disease.

Most weight loss supplements are not effective

Most weight loss supplements are not effective

An Oregon State University researcher has reviewed the body of evidence around weight loss supplements and has bad news for those trying to find a magic pill to lose weight and keep it off – it doesn’t exist. Do you know whether your weight loss supplement is effective?

Melinda Manore reviewed the evidence surrounding hundreds of weight loss supplements, a $2.4 billion industry in the United States, and said no research evidence exists that any single product results in significant weight loss – and many have detrimental health benefits.

Presidential Proclamation – National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in US

Presidential Proclamation – National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in US

Since the 1970s, the rate of childhood obesity in our country has tripled, and today a third of American children are overweight or obese.  This dramatic rise threatens to have far‑reaching, long-term effects on our children’s health, livelihoods, and futures. Without major changes, a third of children born in the year 2000 will develop Type

More obese in US and UK by 2030

More obese in US and UK by 2030

The rising prevalence of obesity around the globe places an increasing burden on the health of populations, on healthcare systems and on overall economies.

A major challenge for researchers is to quantify the effect of these burdens to inform public policies.

New tool EOSS to predict health in overweight and obese people

New tool EOSS to predict health in overweight and obese people

A new tool — the Edmonton obesity staging system (EOSS) — improves on current methods to predict the risk of death in overweight and obese people, according to a study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Body mass index (BMI) is the most common tool in measuring excess fat, although it is an indirect measure