Asthma may contribute to childhood obesity epidemic

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Toddlers with asthma are more likely to become obese children, according to an international study led by USC scientists. The finding is a turnabout for children’s health as obesity has often been seen as a precursor to asthma in children, not the other way around. The study, conducted by a team of 40 scientists including researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, was recently published in the European Respiratory Journal. (more)

Study of community efforts to combat childhood obesity, a key risk factor for later chronic disease

Medical X-Press – Brendan M. Lynch

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five US school-age children and young people ages 6 to 19 years suffers from obesity, a tripling of such numbers since the 1970s. For individual children, genetics, eating and exercise all play a role in weight status—but the influence of a community’s design, programs and policies on childhood obesity hasn’t been comprehensively understood. (more)

15 real ways to make your kid feel independent

Ladders – Julia Savacool

Your toddler still can’t do much by himself — tie his own shoes or make himself breakfast. But there are actually quite a few things two-year-olds can do for themselves, and it’s important that they begin to take ownership of these tasks — however small — as it helps them understand the importance of being independent. (more)

‘Toxic stress’ on children can harm their lifelong learning, mental and physical health

CBS 8 – Jayne O’Donnell

The 10-year-old girl suffered from persistent asthma, but the cause was unclear. Tests ruled out everything from pet hair to cockroaches. Then the girl’s mother thought of a possible trigger. “Her asthma does seem to get worse whenever her dad punches a hole in the wall,” she told Dr. Nadine Burke Harris. “Do you think that could be related?’ (more)

Drink Good Do Good: John Legend and Misty Copeland Lead Naked Juice’s Latest Charitable Campaign

Forbes – Kristin Tablang

As a kid, John Legend experienced a lot of food insecurity. “We had a grocery store that had fresh vegetables and fruit, but there were so many people in my community who were on food stamps and barely had enough to feed their families,” says the award-winning musician, who grew up with three siblings in Springfield, Ohio. “It’s hard to feed a significant-size family with food stamps in a healthy way.” Misty Copeland endured the same ordeal. “Growing up, I was eating horrible, canned vegetables,” the ABT principal dancer reveals. (more)

Back-to-School Tips for Parents

dLife – Staff Writer

Back-to-school is a busy and sometimes stressful time for many families. But for the approximately 175,000 people under the age of 20 who have Type 1 diabetes, with 13,000 new cases being diagnosed each year – and the growing number of youngsters with Type 2 diabetes – extra planning and unique concerns are a big part of hitting the books again. (more)

Much still unclear about relationship between screen media use and ADHD in children

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

There is a statistically small relationship between children’s screen media use and ADHD-related behaviours. This is the finding of an extensive literature review on this subject carried out by researchers from the UvA’s Center for research on Children, Adolescents and the Media (CcaM). The review also reveals several shortcomings. For example, the effects of programme pacing and violent content on ADHD-related behaviour is still not clearly understood, and much remains unknown about how individual differences in temperament, development and social factors influence such behaviours. (more)

The importance of exercise for children living with ADHD

WJBF – Ashley Flete

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The percentage of children estimated to have ADHD has changed over time and its measurement can vary. 12.1% of children in Georgia are currently diagnosed wth ADHD. In South Carolina, it’s more than 15.5% “I look at him at times now and I’m like, I actually like this kid and I know it’s bad to say but for a while I didn’t know if I would.” Carrie and Donte Muse share their struggles of what life is like raising Brandon, their 13-year-old son who was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of two. (more)

How has children’s body image changed over time?

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Results from a Chinese nationwide survey indicate that the prevalence of childhood overweight/obesity nearly tripled from 6.5 percent to 16.8 percent from 2000-2011, but children’s perception of being fat remained at 2 percent. The findings are published in Obesity. (more)