• 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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  • Girl writes book to hit back at bullies

    Filed under: News — Posted by: Linda on April 13, 2011

    LaNiyah Bailey, six years old, has written a book called ‘Not fat because I wannabe.’ The book is her way of fighting back at the bullies who have called her names and teased her since the age of four. LaNiyah used to go home after pre school and sob into her mother’s arms. Her mother LaToya White, suggested that she write the book as a way to build her self confidence, but the book has been so skilfully written that LaNiyah has appeared on television and has gained a huge fan base on her website.

    The six year old girl from Chicago, has had problems with her weight since the age of three, suffering at the hands of bullies from the age of four. Her parents did all they could to help control her weight, taking her to a nutritionist and encouraging exercise by taking her to a personal trainer, but the problem persisted. Eventually, tests suggested that the little girl may have a hormonal condition affecting her weight.

    Children at her pre school called her ‘big fat elephant girl’ and ‘fatty pants’ but the taunts didn’t stop at children. Adults in the local food store would stare at LaNiyah, checking the food that her mum was buying to see if it was junk food. One daycare worker even called her ‘fatso’. Although the editor of the book wanted to make the book humorous in order to appeal to children, LaNiyah was insistent that the book was not funny. She said:

    I don’t want it to be fun. It’s not funny.

    Her father, who is a fireman, was incredibly touched by his daughters motivation and determination, saying:

    As a firefighter, I’m obligated to protect people and it doesn’t matter what they look like. It hurts me that people don’t have that same decency or kindness toward my child.

    LaNiyah wants to visit hospitals and distribute her book to children who aren’t able to buy it.

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