Obese children show signs of heart disease

Children's Health, Heart Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting
Obese children as young as three years old show signs of future heart disease, say US researchers. In a study of 16,000 children and teenagers, researchers showed the most obese had signs of an inflammatory marker which can predict future heart disease. Here's a report from the BBC: In all, 40% of obese three-to-five-year olds had raised levels of C-reactive protein compared with 17% of healthy weight children, a study in the journal Pediatrics reported. But more work is needed to prove the link with heart disease in later life. The study, carried out by a team at the University of North Carolina (UNC), looked at children aged one to 17. Overall, nearly 70% were a healthy weight, 15% were overweight, 11% were obese and 3.5% were very obese. In the older age…
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Obese kids more likely to injure legs, ankles, feet

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting
Obese kids' injury patterns look different from those of their slimmer peers, a new study out in Pediatrics shows. According to a report in Reuters Health, Dr. Wendy J. Pomerantz of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Ohio, and her colleagues reported that obese children had more leg, ankle and foot injuries, but fewer injuries to the head and face, than normal-weight children. While the researchers had no information on how the children in their study were injured, they speculate that heavier kids may be more vulnerable to getting hurt while walking or running, while thinner kids may be more prone to engage in activities and sports that carry a risk of head injury. Research has already shown that obesity increases children's likelihood of getting hurt, and that heavy children take longer…
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Kids pack on the calories with frequent, unhealthy snacks

General Health
Children today snack an average of three times a day, and they are mostly consuming sugary beverages, cookies, cake, candy, salty snacks and other high-calorie junk food, a new study shows. In fact, children are now consuming 168 more calories from snacks than kids did in 1977, new research shows. The findings confirm previous studies that indicate snacking may have run amok in the USA, and it may be contributing to the rising rates of childhood obesity. USA Today reports: "Today we think we need to be eating all the time, so we have snack foods available for our kids constantly," says Barry Popkin, a nutrition professor at the University of North Carolina. "Kids are not only snacking too often, but essentially the foods they are consuming represent almost completely unhealthy…
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Child Obesity Rates Still Going Up

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting
In my Amazon.com best-selling book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, I predicted that if we did not stem the epidemic of childhood obesity, that our children could become the first generation in American history to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. Now, a number of studies in the March issue of Health Affairs are reporting that the prevalence of obesity has grown in recent years among children aged 10 to 17, and certain kids are being especially hard hit. And one new study in Health Affairs points to a possible reason why: Kids are snacking on potato chips, candy, and other fattening foods an average of almost three times per day. The findings are based on the U.S. National Survey of Children's Health and found…
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