How to help your child to be healthy

BT – Staff Writer

Rates of obesity in children in the UK are on the rise. New figures have found that the number of 10 and 11-year-olds classed as severely obese in the final year of primary school, is nearly double that of those in reception. Figures from the Local Government Association reveal that more than 22,000 out of 556,000 of children in year 6 are classed as severely obese, nearly twice that of the nearly 15,000 out of 629,000 four and five year-olds classed as severely obese. (more)

How Smart Phones Are Causing Kids to Experience ‘Altered Childhoods’

Health Line – Leah Campbell

Colleen Hartz’s daughter is 19 years old and is rarely ever seen without her phone in hand. “She uses it for everything,” the mom from Alabama recently told Healthline. “She keeps her calendar on there, she uses the notes part, she loves listening to music on it. She also primarily communicates with friends through text and Snapchat. There are many days she doesn’t have a real conversation with anyone.” (more)

Research highlights the influence social media marketing has on children’s food intake

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

New research from the University of Liverpool, presented at the European Congress on Obesity today (Wednesday, 23 May), highlights the negative influence that social media has on children’s food intake. Current research shows celebrity endorsement and television advertising of unhealthy foods increases children’s intake of these foods. However, children are increasingly exposed to marketing through digital avenues, such as on social media, and the impact of marketing by YouTube video bloggers (vloggers) on these outcomes has, until now, not been known. (more)

Here comes the sun, and kid sun safety

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Summer sun brings childhood fun, but experts warn it also brings skin cancer dangers, even for kids. “Don’t assume children cannot get skin cancer because of their age,” said Dr. Alberto Pappo, director of the solid tumor division at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. “Unlike other cancers, the conventional melanoma that we see mostly in adolescents behaves the same as it does in adults.” (more)