• 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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  • Face book a cause of anxiety for parents

    Filed under: News — Posted by: Linda on July 1, 2011

    A study of family health awareness has revealed that social media and finance are bigger concerns for parents than lifestyle and diet for kids. The survey, which was completed by 1500 parents in the United Kingdom, asked parents to cite the worries they had as their children got older. The Mother and Childcare survey shows that half of all parents were concerned with finances rather than health or diet and exercise.

    Social media presented worries for 43 percent of parents, while only 28 percent worried about healthy eating for their kids. Just under a quarter of mums and dads were concerned about child obesity and just over a fifth expressed concern that their kids may not have access to sports and leisure facilities. In view of all the economic difficulties and pressures, it is easy to understand why parents have financial concerns as their most pressing worries, but one expert believes that other issues should take precedence if future kid’s health problems are not to become an issue. Dr Gerd Gotz, from the Philips Centre said:

    In today’s volatile financial climate and reign of social media it’s understandable that parents are very concerned with the immediate challenges they face on a daily basis. However, do we risk allowing our children to sleepwalk into all manner of health related issues later on if we fail to tackle some of the bigger health and wellbeing issues now?

    Financial concerns were also apparent when the survey revealed that under a quarter of mums stopped work after their last child was born, while 16 percent returned to their normal working hours. The survey also shows that 61 percent of dads returned to work as usual when the youngest child was born, with only seven percent stopping work.

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