• 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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  • Underage girls lead the way in binge drinking

    Filed under: News — Posted by: Linda on May 8, 2011

    According to a report commissioned by Demos, teenage girls from the United Kingdom lead the way for binge drinking, compared with other teenagers in the Western world. Half the girls taking part in the study admitted to being drunk or more than two occasions. In other developed countries, 29 percent of teenagers have been drunk at least twice, less than half their British counterparts.

    The study also revealed that UK girls drink more than boys, with 44 percent of teenage boys admitting to being drunk more than once. Binge drinking is defined as having more than six drinks in one session. In a period of ten years, the number of teenage girls binge drinking has risen from 17 percent to 27 percent.

    Demos also carried out a survey of 500 UK girls aged between 16 and 19, as part of the report. This discovered that 84 percent of girls are worried about being able to get the job they want in the future, while 81 percent worry about exam results. A lack of money is a worry for more than three quarters of girls this age, while 38 percent display anxiety about finding a partner.

    When asked what would make girls happier, 27 percent said that having more cash to spend would make them happiest. Just behind with 26 percent was having a better relationship with their boyfriend. The report will set out recommendations for a youth policy which will give empowerment to young women.

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