• 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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  • Sumo babies on the increase

    Filed under: News — Posted by: Linda on March 17, 2012

    The birth of babies weighing more than 11lb, known as ‘sumo’ babies, has increased by more than half during the previous four years. These babies sometimes suffer with ailments as a consequence of their size, and may cost the National Health Service more to deliver. Mothers who are overweight or obese typically give birth to larger babies, which is thought to be responsible for the increase in numbers.

    As experts warn of an increased number in overweight mothers giving birth to larger babies, the babies themselves could face health problems as they get older, including stroke and heart disease. In 2008 there were 791 babies born weighing 11lbs or over. In 2011 that figure had reached 1,170. Although a large baby is generally viewed as being healthy, a baby which is much larger than the average size could be a result of an obese mother or an indication of illness.

    The average weight of babies has increased in the last 60 years, though t to be due to improved nutrition. The average birth weight of a girl is 7lb 4oz and a boy 7lb 8oz. However, the increase is also attributed to mothers being heavier now, with nearly half of all UK women who are child bearing age being obese or overweight.

    Larger babies face problems at birth, including shoulder dystocia which is when the shoulder becomes trapped during delivery. The condition can threaten the baby’s life as the umbilical cord may become compressed which deprives the baby of oxygen. In the worst case scenario, the collarbone of the baby may have to be broken to be able to deliver the baby alive.

    Larger babies are also more likely to become overweight or obese as adults, leaving them prone to diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer. The National Obesity Forum’s Tam Fry said:

    “The root cause of this is that mothers are getting bigger themselves. They are eating a lot of not very good food, and as a result babies are getting bigger. So much effort is needed to teach our schoolgirls the absolutely paramount importance of getting into shape when you go into pregnancy, because the likelihood is that you’ll pile the pounds on as you go through.”

    As child obesity appears to start in the womb, children are growing up into obese adults who face life threatening health problems at a much earlier age.

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