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Certain gene variants influence what we eat

Certain gene variants influence what we eat

If you're fat, can you blame it on your genes? The answer is a qualified yes. Maybe. Under certain circumstances. Researchers are moving towards a better understanding of some of the roots of obesity. [More]
Second-hand smoke exposure linked to larger waist, poorer cognition in children

Second-hand smoke exposure linked to larger waist, poorer cognition in children

Exposure to second-hand smoke is associated with a larger waist and poorer cognition in children, researchers say. [More]
Scientists discover epigenetic switch linked to obesity

Scientists discover epigenetic switch linked to obesity

It is well known that a predisposition to adiposity lies in our genes. A new study by researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg now shows that it is also crucial how these genes are regulated. The scientists led by Andrew Pospisilik discovered a novel regulatory, epigenetic switch, which causes individuals with identical genetic material, such as monozygotic twins, to either be lean or obese. [More]
Mindfulness could help children avoid obesity

Mindfulness could help children avoid obesity

Mindfulness, described as paying attention on purpose and being in the present moment with acceptance, could be an effective way to help children avoid obesity. New research published in the journal Heliyon suggests that the balance in brain networks in children who are obese is different compared to healthy-weight children, making them more prone to over-eating. [More]
Artificial pancreas moves closer to becoming a reality

Artificial pancreas moves closer to becoming a reality

As the accuracy, reliability, adoption, and successful use of Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) continue to increase, the ultimate goal of combining CGM with an insulin pump and sophisticated algorithms for automating the control and suspension of insulin infusion--known as the "artificial pancreas"--moves closer to becoming a reality. [More]
New study shows neurocognitive benefits of stand-height desks in classrooms

New study shows neurocognitive benefits of stand-height desks in classrooms

Do students think best when on their feet? A new study by the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health indicates they do. [More]
Researchers find association between obesity and VTE in pediatric populations

Researchers find association between obesity and VTE in pediatric populations

Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have found an association between obesity and the formation of blood clots in the veins of children and adolescents. [More]
Family income matters more than race in predicting obesity in children

Family income matters more than race in predicting obesity in children

For a long time researchers have tracked high rates of obesity among black and Hispanic kids, but a closer look at communities shows family income matters more than race in predicting which kids are overweight. [More]
Slow eating keeps childhood obesity at bay, study finds

Slow eating keeps childhood obesity at bay, study finds

Waiting 30 seconds in between bites of food allows children to realize they're no longer hungry before they overeat--preventing excessive weight gain. That's the conclusion of a study published in the Dec. 15 issue of the journal Pediatric Obesity by an international team of researchers, including bioengineers at the University of California, San Diego. [More]
UT awarded $1 million USDA grant to combat childhood obesity

UT awarded $1 million USDA grant to combat childhood obesity

One of every three children in Tennessee is overweight, and more than 20 percent of our children are obese. Childhood obesity has been linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, depression and poor academic performance. [More]
Scientists reveal key links between childhood obesity and healthy living behaviours

Scientists reveal key links between childhood obesity and healthy living behaviours

Scientists from the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute participated in several peer-reviewed articles that published today in the International Journal of Obesity Supplements. The series (including 16 original contributions) was prepared by the International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment research group, a global collective of leading obesity research experts from 12 countries located on five continents. [More]
Obese children with NAFLD not meeting recommended physical activity levels

Obese children with NAFLD not meeting recommended physical activity levels

In a new study published today in the journal Nutrients, research from the University of Surrey and the Children's Liver Disease Foundation has found that both obese children and those with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) are not meeting the UK recommendations for a variety of vitamins and minerals. [More]
Universal uptake of Health Star Rating system crucial in combating childhood obesity

Universal uptake of Health Star Rating system crucial in combating childhood obesity

Cancer Council Queensland is calling on Government and food manufacturers to use the Health Star Rating system as a tool for combatting childhood overweight and obesity. [More]
Drinking moderate amounts of caffeine during pregnancy does not harm baby's intelligence

Drinking moderate amounts of caffeine during pregnancy does not harm baby's intelligence

Women drinking and eating moderate amounts of caffeine during pregnancy should be reassured that they are not harming their child's intelligence, according to a study from The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital that was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. [More]
Poverty and parenting style predict childhood obesity

Poverty and parenting style predict childhood obesity

In 2013, 42 million infants and young children worldwide were overweight or obese. If current trends continue, that number will increase to 70 million by 2025, according to the World Heath Organization. [More]
Stressed Latino parents twice as likely to have children with obesity

Stressed Latino parents twice as likely to have children with obesity

Prior research has shown that stress is associated with obesity in adults, and now for the first time, research suggests Latino parents who feel high levels of stress are twice as likely to have children with obesity as well. Researchers led by Carmen Isasi, MD, PhD, from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, examined data from the Study of Latino Youth (SOL Youth), a study funded by the National, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of NIH, to determine the relationship between parental stress and child weight status in the Latino population. [More]
Study suggests need for specific treatment options for adolescents with onset type 2 diabetes

Study suggests need for specific treatment options for adolescents with onset type 2 diabetes

New results from the Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in Youth study (TODAY) examined predictors of the outcomes in youth with onset type 2 diabetes (T2D) based on early characteristics at diagnosis, and suggests the need for specific criteria for adolescents that are different from those in adults. [More]
Experts to gather at DOHaD congress to address challenges that impact health of children, adolescents

Experts to gather at DOHaD congress to address challenges that impact health of children, adolescents

Over 600 experts from around the world will meet to address the many challenges that currently impact the health of mothers, babies in the womb, infants, children and adolescents at the Society for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease congress, which will be held in Africa for the first time. [More]
New study shows how obesity epidemic can impact social development of African-American children

New study shows how obesity epidemic can impact social development of African-American children

The childhood obesity epidemic in the United States has been growing for decades. A new study focusing on African-American children shows how the issue can also impact social development. The University of Cincinnati study led by Laura Nabors, an associate professor of health promotion and education, will be featured in a poster presentation on Nov. 2, at the 143rd American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo, in Chicago. [More]
Expectant mothers encouraged to eat balanced diet to reduce obesity risk in unborn child

Expectant mothers encouraged to eat balanced diet to reduce obesity risk in unborn child

Overweight and obese women who gain excessive weight during pregnancy may be putting their babies at risk of a lifetime of obesity. [More]
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