Fat-shaming during childhood leads to long-term risk of obesity, according to new study

The Philadelphia Inquirer – Rita Giordano

Children and teenagers who are ridiculed about their weight end up gaining more weight in the long run than youngsters who aren’t teased, according to a new study from the National Institutes of Health. The study was conducted by researchers with the Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Md., the NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. It was published Thursday in the journal Pediatric Obesity.


Children better off today than 20 years ago: report

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Save the Children said in its global childhood report that conditions had improved in 173 out of 176 countries, with Singapore ranking as the country that best provides for children. The non-governmental organization estimates that 690 million children are being robbed of their childhood because of sickness, deaths, child marriage, early pregnancy, malnutrition or no schooling, down from 970 million in 2000.


Being teased about weight linked to more weight gain among children, study suggests

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

Youth who said they were teased or ridiculed about their weight increased their body mass by 33 percent more each year, compared to a similar group who had not been teased, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health. The findings appear to contradict the belief that such teasing might motivate youth to change their behavior and attempt to lose weight.


Playing Teen Sports May Protect From Some Damages Of Childhood Trauma

KQED News Mind/Shift – Susie Neilson

As a kid, Molly Easterlin loved playing sports. She started soccer at age four, and then in high school, she played tennis and ran track. Sports, Easterlin believes, underlie most of her greatest successes. They taught her discipline and teamwork, helped her make friends and enabled her to navigate the many challenges of growing up.