The one simple way to keep your child at a healthy weight

WBTV – Brigda Mack

Obesity now affects one in five children and adolescents. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control who also says the rate of childhood obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s. It can lead to diabetes and high blood pressure which is why the World Health Organization calls it “one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century.” http://www.wbtv.com/2019/01/17/one-simple-way-keep-your-child-healthy-weight/

Babies need to be exposed to a variety of foods

Health 24 – Staff Writer

Getting kids to try new foods can become a daily showdown. One promising approach: expose babies early on to varied tastes and textures. Researchers in Brisbane, Australia, found that food experiences when just 14 months old can influence the eating habits that children will exhibit at age three. And introducing a variety of fruits and vegetables and other types of foods early on is key to a better diet quality later on. https://www.health24.com/Parenting/Child/Nutrition/babies-need-to-be-exposed-to-a-variety-of-foods-20190116-2

‘Very Alarming’ Teen Vaping Study Shows 1 in 5 High School Seniors Reports Having Vaped Nicotine in Previous Month

The 74 Million – Laura Fay

Adolescent use of most drugs has declined or held steady in recent years, but in 2018 teen vaping surged, creating an “epidemic” that advocates say is hooking kids on nicotine and may be putting them at risk for future drug use. https://www.the74million.org/article/very-alarming-teen-vaping-study-shows-one-in-five-high-school-seniors-report-having-vaped-nicotine-in-previous-month/

Our pets: the key to the obesity crisis?

BBC – Jules Montague

More than 1.9 billion human adults are overweight. Of these, more than 650 million are obese – that’s about 13% of the world’s adult human population. The worldwide prevalence of obesity has nearly tripled since 1975. And childhood obesity has risen alarmingly too – an estimated 41 million children under the age of five are overweight or obese. http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190109-what-we-can-learn-from-overweight-pets-about-human-obesity

Mindfulness for children: Three easy exercises to try with your kids

The Irish Times – Liz Connor

Researchers have found that mindfulness can have positive effects for youngsters too. One 2015 study found that school children aged 10 and 11 who participated in a short meditation programme showed improvements in cognitive control, working memory and cognitive flexibility, as well as achieving better academic results. https://www.irishnews.com/lifestyle/2019/01/15/news/mindfulness-for-children-three-easy-exercises-to-try-with-your-kids-1526480/

How much screen time is too much for kids and how does it affect their mind?

Big Country – Staff Writer

“Are we allowing kids to do it because it is social interaction and if we cut them off from screen time and that’s how they communicate, well you just put them in isolation, so we don’t want to do that either,” said Dr. Rebecca Dixon, Riley Hospital for Children pediatric hospitalist. “So not all screen time is bad. Just focusing on the why and limiting it so that it doesn’t take over their entire life and eliminate other things that are great as well.” https://www.bigcountryhomepage.com/news/main-news/how-much-screen-time-is-too-much-for-kids-and-how-does-it-affect-their-mind-/1701336869

Risk factors for obesity may differ for Hispanic and non-Hispanic white babies

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

The factors that put children at risk of becoming obese within the first 12 months of their life may differ for Hispanic and non-Hispanic babies. This is a conclusion of a new study in the journal Pediatric Research, which is published by Springer Nature. Lead authors, Sahel Hazrati and Farah Khan of the Inova Translational Medicine Institute in the US, investigated factors associated with excess weight in the first year of life in Hispanic versus non-Hispanic white children. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-01-factors-obesity-differ-hispanic-non-hispanic.html

Elevated blood lead level in early childhood associated with increased risk of academic problems in school-aged children

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Substantial numbers of Cleveland’s youngest students have had elevated levels of lead in their blood prior to kindergarten and these children have a higher risk of academic issues, according to two new studies by researchers at Case Western Reserve University. https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-01-elevated-blood-early-childhood-academic.html