To Fight Fatty Liver, Avoid Sugary Foods and Drinks

The New York Times – Anahad O’Connor

The new research, published in JAMA on Tuesday, suggests that limiting sugary foods and drinks may be a promising lifestyle strategy to help alleviate a devastating condition linked to the obesity crisis that is spreading rapidly in adults and children. An estimated 80 million to 100 million Americans have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, which causes the liver to swell with dangerous levels of fat. Roughly seven million of those are adolescents and teenagers. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/22/well/eat/to-fight-fatty-liver-avoid-sugary-foods-and-drinks.html

At least half of parents try non-evidence-based cold prevention methods for kids

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Despite little or no evidence suggesting these types of methods actually help people avoid catching or preventing a cold, more than half of parents have tried them with their kids, according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-01-parents-non-evidence-based-cold-methods-kids.html

Teens keep active despite asthma or eczema, study finds

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Researchers supported by the NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Centre found that both girls and boys at the ages of 12, 14 and 16 did not experience different levels of active or sedentary time if they had asthma or eczema compared to their peers. Teenagers who were obese however, were less active and also had increased periods of inactivity. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-01-teens-asthma-eczema.html

Tooth Decay in Children Is on the Rise, See How to Prevent It [Video]

The Guardian Liberty Voice – Barbara Sobel

Eighty-two children between the ages of 12-17 months, from Wisconsin’s Marquette University School of Dentistry, participated in a study published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry. The research study showed, children who do not eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruit, fish and other healthy foods were three times more likely, by the age of six years old, to suffer from tooth decay. https://guardianlv.com/2019/01/tooth-decay-in-children-is-on-the-rise-see-how-to-prevent-it-video/

Healthy families: The importance of enjoying mealtimes together

The Irish Times – John Sharry

Frequently, parents are eating at different times to their children, or mealtimes are rushed or eaten in front of a screen. It is not uncommon now to see whole families eating in silence together in restaurants as they all check their respective social media accounts. Traditionally, the family mealtime was sacrosanct – a precious time when everyone sat together, shared news and ate home cooked, healthy meals. While we may not want to go back fully to these traditional times, there is some wisdom to be preserved about the importance of family mealtimes.  https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/parenting/healthy-families-the-importance-of-enjoying-mealtimes-together-1.3754710

Why being social is important for child development

AZ Big Media – Jamie Lansley

As a parent, you probably spend a lot of time doing what’s best for your children. You make them eat their vegetables, brush their teeth, take their vitamins, and drink enough water. You also fiercely protect them, but some parents do so at the sacrifice of positive social experiences, which is not good for their development. https://azbigmedia.com/why-being-social-is-important-for-child-development/

Letting Kids Help Is Key To Getting Kids To Eat More Veggies

Mom – Joanna Mazewski

Carolyn Sutter, a postdoctoral research associate with the U. of I.’s Family Resiliency Center and the lead author of the study believes that if kids help out in in the kitchen, there’s a good chance that they will eat more of their vegetables throughout the day. As a matter of fact, kids who make their own school lunches tend to have healthier ones, too. Nutrition guidelines suggest that kids should get at least one to two cups of vegetables per day, while older kids should get between two to four. https://www.moms.com/get-kids-eat-more-veggies/