• 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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  • Teen mums continue to smoke despite being warned of health risks

    Filed under: News — Posted by: Linda on March 11, 2012

    Following the recent news reports of Stacey Solomon being caught on camera smoking while seven months pregnant, new figures have been released which show that almost 60 percent of pregnant teenagers carry on smoking during their pregnancy.

    The Celebrity Mum of the Year title which was awarded to Stacey in 2011 has been taken away from her, and she will no longer be a contender for the 2012 award. Although the numbers of youngsters who smoke has declined overall, the number of pregnant teenagers who smoke has increased. The data was released by the Department of Health, also revealing that the last 12 months have seen the total percentage of smokers fall to 20 percent in England.

    Smoking is now becoming unacceptable in a number of social circles, with young women often avoiding the habit. During the last decade, the number of female teens who smoke has fallen to 17 percent in comparison with the previous figure of 31 percent. However, a quarter of pregnant women smoke, despite knowing the risks to their health and the health of the unborn baby. Health experts are expected to be extremely concerned at the increased number of pregnant teens who smoke.

    Research indicates that women suffering from depression are more likely to smoke when pregnant. Social factors are also believed to influence whether pregnant teenagers continue to smoke. Stacey Solomon stated during an interview with Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield that she felt guilty for continuing to smoke during pregnancy, but was trying hard to give up.

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