Childhood Obesity

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Socioeconomic status in childhood and obesity in adults: a population-based study

This paper, published in Revista de Saúde Pública, aimed to determine the relationship between socioeconomic status (SS) in childhood and obesity in adult life. It conducted a cross-sectional analysis of a population of 1,222 adults in Florianópolis,...
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Effectiveness of a Kindergarten-Based Intervention for Preventing Childhood Obesity.

Pediatrics conducted a pilot study over 12 months in Guangzhou, China, aimed at demonstrating the feasibility of a multifaceted intervention for preschool children and to provide an assessment of the efficacy. The study involved 648 children, who underwent...
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Clinic and Home-Based Behavioral Intervention for Obesity in Preschoolers: A Randomized Trial

In this phase III randomised controlled trial of 151 children, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, the authors sought to investigate whether a skills-based behavioural family clinic and home-based intervention (LAUNCH) would be more effective at reducing...
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Effect of 7 days of exercise on exogenous carbohydrate oxidation and insulin resistance in children with obesity

It has been shown in adults that the capacity to match carbohydrate (CHO) oxidation with carbohydrate availability, known as metabolic flexibility (MetFlex), may be important for type 2 diabetes prevention. Improved MetFlex is associated with improvements...
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Sleep Health and Psychopathology Mediate Executive Deficits in Paediatric Obesity

A new study from Childhood Obesity has found that paediatric obesity is associated with impairment of some components of reward-related decision-making and executive functioning, as well as poorer sleep health and greater risk of internalising psychopathology....
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Weight loss at any age results in cost savings

A study from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health has suggested that helping an adult lose weight leads to significant cost savings. The peak for these savings is when the individual is 50 years old. These costs include direct medical costs...
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Exposure to violence linked to obesity

In a study from Duke University, it was found that teens that were exposed to violence consumed more unhealthy food and beverages and suffered from fatigue. The researchers used data from mobile phone applications for over 500 teens in California and...
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Maternal obesity linked to childhood neurodevelopmental problems

A study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine has linked maternal obesity to an increased risk of behavioural problems in male children. In this study data from the 1979 and 1986 U.S. National Longitudinal Survey of Youth was used....
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TV in the bedroom linked to childhood obesity

Preschool children can spend up to 12 hours a day in sedentary time, which can include watching television, playing electronic games and reading. Few preschool children are meeting the current recommendations of less than 1 hour of screen time per day,...
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New type of weight measurement more accurate than BMI in teenagers

Researchers from the University of Alabama have found that triponderal body mass index (TMI) may be more accurate than BMI in estimating body fat amongst adolescents. In a study published in JAMA Paediatrics the researchers found that during adolescent...
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Childhood obesity quadruples risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes

According to a large-scale study published in the Journal of the Endocrine Society a child with obesity faces a four-fold increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes by the time they are 25 than their normal weight counterparts. The study examined data...
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School based nutrition intervention improves BMI

A California-based programme that aims to improve children’s dietary behaviours and prevent obesity has been shown to be effective. The initiative was called ‘The Shaping Healthy Choices Program’ and involved 409 students aged 9-10, split into a...
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Routine and regular bedtimes may help stave off obesity

A study from the Ohio State University has concluded that regular bedtimes, mealtimes, and limited screen time is related to emotional health and obesity in preschool children. The study has been published in the International Journal of Obesity, and...
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