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Obesity declining in young, poorer kids

The number of low-income preschoolers who qualify as obese or "extremely obese" has dropped over the last decade, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.


Bedroom TVs boost kids' risk of fat, disease

TVs in Kids' Bedrooms

Kids who have TVs in their bedrooms are twice as likely to be fat and nearly three times as likely to be at risk for heart disease and diabetes as those who don’t, according to a new study that renews concerns about health and screen time.


Study links chemical BPA to obesity in children, teens

BPA & Childhood Obesity

Kids with higher levels of the widely used substance BPA in their bodies are more likely to be obese, according to the first large-scale, nationally representative study to link an environmental chemical with obesity in children and teens.


Good news on childhood obesity treatment

Childhood Obesity

Finally, there’s good news on the child obesity front. A new study published online today suggests that inexpensive, community-based obesity intervention programs can work very well for kids who struggle with weight issues.


CDC: US kids eat too much salt, as much as adults

American children eat as much salt as adults - about 1,000 milligrams too much, or the same amount as in just one Big Mac. Extra salt is linked with higher blood pressure, even in kids, but government research says those who are overweight and obese may be most vulnerable to its effects....


Disney to stop some junk-food ads on kids' TV


Walt Disney Co. will stop accepting some junk-food ads on TV programs, radio shows and websites aimed at children, according to sources with knowledge of the plan.


Have California schools cracked the code on obesity?

... That makes it all the more exciting to find one policy that does seem to be working: California’s strict school nutrition standards — soda bans, low calorie foods in cafeterias and limits on fat content — appear to have had a significant impact on what teens there eat.


Gene variants increase risk of childhood obesity, study finds

Childhood Obesity

Scientists have discovered two gene variants that appear to play a critical role in the development of common childhood obesity, according to a large genetic study released Sunday. The discovery could eventually lead to treatments and specific lifestyle advice for heavy children.


Child obesity linked to formula, early start on solids

Child obesity linked to formula, early start on solids

Study finds that breast-fed babies who are fed solids before 4 months are not at increased risk later on.

Senh: More evidence that babies should be breast-fed during their first six months if possible, as if there aren't enough already.


Kids who get recommended sleep least likely to be obese

Kids who get recommended sleep least likely to be obese

A study of more than 300 children, ages 4-10, in a medical journal finds that as shut-eye drops, BMI goes up.


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