• How can exercise help my kids sleep better?
    • How can exercise help my kids sleep better?

      Posted on July 28, 2015

      Two of the chief concerns that parents often have about their children are that they aren’t getting enough exercise, and that they aren’t sleeping well. Sleep and exercise might be two activities that are poles apart, but they actually help each

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    • Signs of heart disease present in obese children
    • Signs of heart disease present in obese children

      Posted on July 29, 2012

      According to a study published in Archives of Disease in Childhood journal, two thirds of obese children exhibit a problem with their health which is a contributor to heart disease. High cholesterol, blood sugar and high blood pressure may already be present by 12 years of age.

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    • Childhood obesity affected by TV habits
    • Childhood obesity affected by TV habits

      Posted on July 19, 2012

      A recent study from Canada has shown that the number of hours spent watching TV between two years and four years old can have a detrimental effect on the size of a child’s waistline by the age of 10. The study, which was published in a BioMed Central journal, looked at the television habits of 1,314 children. One extra hour of TV viewing each week at age four could affect the muscle fitness of a child aged 10 and also increase the size of their waste by half a millimetre.

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  • Eating lunch at home reduces obesity risk for children

    Filed under: News — Posted by: Linda on March 27, 2012

    Researchers from the University of Granada have discovered that children who eat meals which are prepared and eaten at home, have a reduced risk of childhood obesity. Children who eat meals prepared outside the home are more likely to become overweight or obese. The study has made a connection between the health of a child and who has responsibility for preparing their lunch.

    According to an entry in the Nutricion hospitalaria journal, mothers know what the nutritional requirements are of a child, and are able to use that knowledge of nutrition to prepare a healthy diet for their children. Jamie Oliver the celebrity chef, has been campaigning for healthy school meals since 2005. In 2006 national standards were introduced, which all school meals in the UK have had to meet. Each school meal has to provide two portions of fruit and vegetables, with oily fish and good quality meat being featured on the menu on a regular basis. Schools can only serve foods which are deep fried twice a week. However, a number of academy schools are not meeting the national standards as they are not under any obligation to do so. Jamie Oliver expressed his concern of the quality of school dinners in these schools towards the end of 2011.

    The researchers studied 718 children from 13 schools, aged nine to 17 years old. The researchers looked at the family, how often the child exercised and the frequency of eating specified foods. The children’s size, weight and Body Mass Index were also measured. The study revealed that children who are more likely to spend time on computer games, watching TV or surfing the net are more likely to suffer childhood obesity or be overweight. The study concluded that a child’s family was instrumental in passing on healthy eating and exercise habits.

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