Study reveals obesity link between grandmothers and grandchildren

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Obesity is known to cluster in families, but most studies to date are limited to two generations. A new Pediatric Obesity study is the first to prospectively examine the relationship between grandparent and grandchild abdominal obesity. (more)

Research suggests a 15-minute ‘daily mile’ could enhance health of the world’s children

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Policymakers should consider introducing The Daily Mile to improve the health and fitness of schoolchildren around the world, according to new research led by the Universities of Stirling and Edinburgh. The first study of the popular Daily Mile initiative—which involves children taking a 15-minute break from class to do physical activity—has confirmed it improves fitness, body composition and activity levels in participants. (more)

When kids run for 15 minutes in school every day, here’s what happens to their health

The Conversation – Colin Moran, Naomi Brooks and Ross Chesham

If you haven’t heard of the Daily Mile yet, your time has come. Now taking place in 3,600 primary schools each day in 35 countries around the world, it takes children outside during normal lesson time to run or walk laps of the playground for 15 minutes. The ones who run cover around a mile each day. (more)

The benefits of child’s play extend beyond exercise

The Odessa American – Staff Writer

When you think about the most important part of a child’s school day, what comes to mind? Is it reading? Science? Math or history? What about recess? Children will likely mention recess as their favorite part of the day, and new research shows that this free time is actually a fundamental component to their future development and host to numerous educational opportunities. (more)

5 Ways to stop the “food wars” with your toddler

Aleteia – Zrinka Peters

I remember a few lowlights of childhood when my mother made me sit at our kitchen counter in front of my despised bowl of oatmeal until either the mushy substance disappeared or it was time for lunch. Since we were both strong-willed, the showdown sometimes lasted for hours. My husband and I have endured some pretty miserable meal times in our home, too. Dinners that began with high hopes of warm family togetherness have ended with tears, anxiety, and frustration. There have been lots of meals where the food I put effort into preparing sat cold and neglected on plates; meals complete with whining, crying, time-outs, and plenty of non-eating; dinners where I’ve dreaded sitting down because I knew the chances of actually enjoying my food were slim to none. (more)

Why kids hate vegetables (and how you can get them in anyway)

Coach Nine – Staff Writer

If more vegetables wind up on the floor than in your child’s mouth, you’re not alone. Children have always been notorious broccoli haters, but science is finally helping us understand why kids hate vegetables. (There’s a real reason—we promise!) But just because your kids may hate to eat their greens right now doesn’t mean you should give up on serving plenty of healthy foods, says dietitian Natalia Stasenko. You may just have to change your end goal as your kids go through normal cycles of fussy eating. (more)

Many teens switch from hi-cal sodas to hi-cal sports drinks

Medical X-Press – Steven Reinberg

Teens who were once hooked on sugary sodas may now be now turning to sugary sports drinks, a new study reveals. While soda’s popularity declines, the number of U.S. high school students who drank sports drinks at least once per week actually rose slightly, from 56 percent in 2010 to nearly 57 percent in 2015. (more)

Children living in green neighbourhoods are less likely to develop asthma

Medical X-Press – Jeroen Douwes And Geoffrey H. Donovan

Since the pioneering work of architecture professor Roger Ulrich, who found that patients with a view of a natural scene recovered more quickly from surgery, research has shown that exposure to the natural environment is associated with a wide range of health benefits. We have focused our work on asthma, and our research, published today, shows that children who live in greener neighbourhoods are less likely to develop it. (more)

Identifying Eating Disorders and Body Image issues in Boys

The U.S. News and World Report – Barbara Greenberg

When you think about body image issues and eating disorders, you might be inclined to focus on how frequently women and girls are affected. But while these issues are sadly a way-too-common problem for girls, they’re also a concern for many boys, too – particularly teens. It’s crucial for parents to recognize that boys are also vulnerable and to be aware of the factors that make boys susceptible to body image issues and eating disorders, as well as the signs and symptoms, to help boys who are struggling. (more)

Study: Self-Control Can Be Cultivated in Kids

Public News Service – Staff Writer

Self-control is critical to developing healthy adult behaviors, and researchers studying willpower in children say how children want to be perceived by peers may be just as influential as a child’s natural traits or abilities. Using the classic “marshmallow test” that allows children given one marshmallow to eat it immediately or wait until a second marshmallow is provided, researchers at the University of Colorado found that children who wanted approval from their social group were more likely to exercise self-control when deciding whether or not to eat the marshmallow. (more)