Minivan musings: How parents should handle their angry teen, tween

North Jersey – Jackie Goldschneider

“Around 10 to 12 years old is when we see (angry outbursts) generally start, and that’s in line with when puberty starts,” said Dr. Stacey Cohen-Meissner, a Tenafly-based child and adult psychologist who counsels many teens and tweens. Meissner explained that a child’s anger is not necessarily caused by the hormones directly associated with puberty, but rather the brain changes that are triggered when these hormones start to be released. (more)

Despite common obesity gene variants obese children lose weight after lifestyle changes

Science Daily – Staff Writer

Children who are genetically predisposed to overweight, due to common gene variants, can still lose weight by changing their diet and exercise habits. Around 750 children and adolescents with overweight or obesity undergoing lifestyle intervention participated in the study conducted by researchers from the University of Copenhagen and Holbæk Hospital. (more)

Prevalence of eating disorders 1.4 percent in preteens

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

The prevalence of eating disorders among 9- to 10-year-olds in the United States is 1.4 percent, with no difference in prevalence between boys and girls, according to a research letter published online Nov. 26 in JAMA Pediatrics. (more)