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.
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 (more…)
The education secretary has announced that a review is to be carried out on school lunches served by schools in England. Michael Gove has selected the men responsible for the Leon chain of restaurants, John Vincent and Henry Dimbleby to carry out the review. The review is being launched as concerns (more…)
According to recent research carried out by two education consultants, children start dieting as young as ten years old. Chris Calland and Nicky Hutchinson had previously been secondary and primary school teachers, before becoming consultants in Bristol specialising in the behaviour of children.
Following numerous requests from teachers and head teachers for advice on (more…)
Following a recent study which shows that a third of primary school children are unable to swim, campaigners are calling for swimming lessons to be a priority. According to data, drowning is one of the top causes of death by accident in the UK, actually in the top three causes. This news has initiated concern that a large number of children are unable to swim.
A report has been produced by Kellogg’s and the Amateur Swimming Association, revealing that (more…)
Steven Gerrard and Jamie Oliver are among a long list of health professionals, charity leaders and other experts in child health who are calling for cookery lessons to be introduced to schools for all children aged between four and 14 years old. In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, they address the pride felt as Britain hosts the 2012 London Olympics and yet having the highest rate of childhood obesity in Europe. A third of children in the UK are either obese or overweight at the age of nine years old.
According to the group, the Olympic Games are an opportunity (more…)
A silver award has been presented to a couple who live in Paddock Wood, Kent, as a celebration of their achievement while running a home business.
Mumpreneur UK presented the award to (more…)
A recent study conducted by MyVoucherCodes revealed that junk food is frequently used by parents to reward or control the behaviour of their children. As childhood obesity is a growing concern in the UK, the findings of the report are worrying. Out of 1,200 parents surveyed, almost half admitted to using junk food to bribe their children to behave.
Junk food is routinely given to children as a reward for behaving, according to two thirds of parents surveyed. Sweets, fizzy drinks and takeaways are (more…)
McDonald’s has launched a campaign to increase the health of children by giving away toys that encourage activity and vouchers which entitle them to sports sessions free of charge. The “Mascotathon” campaign is aimed at children to help in the fight against childhood obesity. Activity gadgets given away with each purchase of a Happy Meal will measure the number of jumps or steps the child takes in a day. Children are then (more…)
After losing weight recently, Miley Cyrus has faced a barrage of rumours that the singer and actress has an eating disorder. The 19 year old has been showing off a much sleeker figure recently, but insists that the weight loss is due to allergies and not anorexia nervosa.
Miley has been (more…)