Report: Sugar-laden drink consumption on the rise among CA kids

The San Diego Union Tribune – Paul Sisson

Nearly one in three California kids drink at least one sugar-laden drink daily even though doing so increases their risk of obesity, tooth decay and a host of other health problems from type 2 diabetes to liver disease. A new report from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research estimates that consumption of sodas, sports drinks and other super-sweet beverages among children ages 2 through 11 has continued to rise since 2009 after six straight years of decline. (more)

Pregnant moms and their kids should limit added sugars to protect childhood cognition

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has determined that poorer childhood cognition occurred, particularly in memory and learning, when pregnant women or their offspring consumed greater quantities of sugar. Substituting diet soda for sugar-sweetened versions during pregnancy also appeared to have negative effects. However, children’s fruit consumption had beneficial effects and was associated with higher cognitive scores. (more)

Coping with a fussy eater: 7 tips to get your child to eat well

SBS – Yasmin Noone

Parents who are struggling with the frustration of trying to feed a picky child, who refuses to eat healthy food or any food at all, shouldn’t feel alone. According to the results of a new Australian survey, most parents of children aged two-to-12 are going through the same thing. The study, conducted by YouGov Galaxy Research on behalf of Blackmores, reveals that around 85 per cent of parents believe their children are fussy eaters. (more)

The 15 best strategies to get your whole family exercising

The Independent – Staff Writer

Research shows that four out of five children in Ireland are not getting enough physical exercise – but how do you get sedentary tech-obsessed kids away from their screens and onto their feet? We asked the experts for their best strategies to get the whole family out of doors and exercising as the days get longer. (more)

Five myths about food allergies, debunked

Medical X-Press – Clare Milliken

Once upon a time, kids could bring candy to school for Halloween, and the market for trading lunchbox goodies was hot. These days, classrooms are peanut-free zones, and many schools ban treats altogether. That’s a direct response to a surge in childhood food allergies across the U.S., says pediatrics professor Dr. Ruchi Gupta. Gupta has been at the forefront of food allergy research, applying her findings both in her clinical practice and in her home. After Gupta began her career, her daughter was diagnosed with peanut, tree nut and egg allergies. The impact of that diagnosis, and the struggle to separate fact from fiction, cemented Gupta’s drive to understand more about allergies, help families cope, and empower food allergy sufferers to lead full, fearless lives. (more)

Kids hit hard by junk food advertising: new research

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Junk food ads are shown more frequently on TV at times when many children are watching, new Heart Foundation-funded research shows. The research, led by the University of Adelaide’s Associate Professor Lisa Smithers and published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health today, also showed that children were exposed to twice as much unhealthy food advertising as healthy food advertising. (more)

Majority of young children not doing enough exercise and physical activity, UWA study finds

ABC – Rebecca Carmody

Monique Robinson assumed her four-year-old son Teddy was getting more than enough exercise, comparing him to a border collie that needed to run twice a day. But when researchers tracked his physical activity for a week, it was a big surprise to discover she was wrong — that he was actually doing less than the nationally-recommended three hours of daily activity for children aged 2-5. And far from being alone, the Robinsons are in the majority. (more)

Lack of sleep leads to obesity in children and adolescents

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Children who get less than the recommended amount of sleep for their age are at a higher risk of developing obesity. Research at the University of Warwick has found that children and adolescents who regularly sleep less than others of the same age gain more weight when they grow older and are more likely to become overweight or obese. (more)

Exercise: a family affair

The Lincoln Journal Star – GARY BREDEHOFT

Regular physical activity is an important part of staying healthy and is recommended for children, adolescents and adults. Only 25 percent of adults and less than 50 percent of young people in the U.S. exercise at the recommended levels of regular physical activity. This lack of physical activity is one factor that has contributed to the high prevalence of overweight and obese people in the United States. (more)

Top 10 Reasons Children Should Exercise

Ace – Brett Klika

About one-third of American children ages 10 to 17 are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and fewer than 25% of children get the recommended 60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical active per day recommended by the American Medical Association. (more)