Cardiologists recommend less screen time, more physical activity for kids

According to a new scientific advisory statement release by the American Heart Association, time spent on ‘screens’ (computers, phones, tablets, video games, television and other outlets) is associated with increased hours of inactivity in children and teens, which has long been associated with poor cardiovascular health and obesity

Cardiologists recommend less screen time, more physical activity for kidsWhen it comes to childhood obesity, sedentary behaviour may be the most influential and controllable factor that parents can change, especially through managing screen time, according to a new American Heart Association Science Advisory. In particular, the AHA Obesity Committee recommends removing TVs and other screens from bedrooms and excluding them from meal times, creating […]

Rising childhood obesity can be a cause for serious hip disease in adolescents

A recent research has shown that childhood obesity is the major risk factor for a serious condition that may lead to deformity of the hip

Rising childhood obesity can be a cause for serious hip disease in adolescentsNew research suggests that rising childhood obesity rates are causing more adolescents to develop a debilitating hip disease requiring urgent surgery. Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE) is a disease that occurs amongst teenagers, affecting 1 in 2,000 children. The hip deforms, and sometimes completely collapses, causing pain and life-long disability. Early recognition and treatment of […]

#WorldObesityDay: ‘A full proof meal plan to combat childhood obesity’

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. Children who are obese are above the normal weight for their age and height. Given below are healthy eating habits that you can include in your day to day life

#WorldObesityDay: ‘A full proof meal plan to combat childhood obesity’While passing by a school or a college, as an observer, I found that six out of ten young children and adolescents are obese. Even those who do not look obese or rather thin also carry high body fat – the unhealthiest tissue of the body; additionally very less muscle mass- the healthiest tissue of […]

Mothers who have a healthy lifestyle can lower obesity risk in kids

A mother’s example could be instrumental in a child maintaining a healthy weight, suggests new research published in The BMJ

Mothers who have a healthy lifestyle can lower obesity risk in kids“Living a healthy lifestyle can not only help adults to improve their health and reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases, but also can exert health benefits to their offspring,”said Dr Qi Sun from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston. Mothers have a powerful influence over their children’s lifestyle choices, but it’s […]

TV in children’s room increases risk of obesity

Girls who had TVs in their bedrooms at the age of seven were 30 per cent more likely to be overweight when they were 11, compared to children who did not have TVs in their bedrooms. For boys, the risk was increased by about 20 per cent

TV in children’s room increases risk of obesityChildren who have TVs in their bedrooms are more likely to be overweight than those who do not, a study by University College London scientists suggests. For girls in particular, they found the longer spent watching TV, the more likely children were to put on weight. Researchers say there is now an urgent need to […]

Kids will be ‘brand ambassadors,’ of the fight against childhood obesity

15,000 school Kids from Pune schools to spread awareness by drawing their thoughts on obesity

Kids will be ‘brand ambassadors,’ of the fight against childhood obesityIndia has the second highest number of obese children in the world after China; according to a study, around 14.4 million kids in India have excess weight. Globally, over two billion children are suffering from health problems related to being overweight or obese, and an increasing percentage of people die from this health condition. Obesity […]

Caffeine intake during pregnancy can increase risk of childhood obesity

A new study has shown that babies carry a 30 per cent increased risk of being overweight when they are exposed to two cups of coffee daily while within the mother’s womb. If the mothers were consuming more than three cups of coffee a day while they were pregnant, the babies were 66 per cent more likely to become overweight

Caffeine intake during pregnancy can increase risk of childhood obesityConsuming caffeine during pregnancy may increase the risk for obesity in childhood, researchers report. A Norwegian study, in BMJ Open, involved 50,943 mother-infant pairs. The mothers reported their caffeine intake at 22 weeks of pregnancy, and the researchers followed their children over the next eight years. After adjusting for other variables, the scientists found that […]

Children gymming at an early age, a new trend?

Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saif Ali Khan‘s son Taimur Ali Khan needs no introduction. As per reports, Bollywood’s favourite munchkin, Taimur Ali has joined a gym in Bandra. While we are not sure if that is true, we decode the trend of kids’ gymming or ‘going for fitness’ in different centres and what doctors say about this

Children gymming at an early age, a new trend?Prioritising fitness above everything else is, definitely a good decision for any individual. But what seems like a spurt of this fitness frenzy is sending kids as young as 4-6 weeks of age for gymming. Obviously, these gyms aren’t about treadmills but are more about running, relays, dancing and activities to engage children in being […]

Mexico: Obese baby boy weighing 62 pounds baffles doctors

At two months of age, Luis weighed 10 kilos. Over the next eight months he gained a staggering 18 kilos. His parents have created a Facebook page and opened a bank account for people to donate money for Luis Manuel’s medical care

Mexico: Obese baby boy weighing 62 pounds baffles doctorsLike any other 10-month-old, Luis Manuel Gonzales babbles and touches anything within reach. But he stands out in a stunning and perhaps life-threatening way: he weighs 28 kilos (62 pounds). He might need medical treatment costing a fortune, but his father earns a little over $200 a month. And doctors do not yet know why […]

Diabesity a growing concern in children, says survey

Childhood obesity is particularly troubling because the extra pounds often take children on the path to health problems that were once considered adult problems — diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. To highlight this serious issue, recently, a survey was conducted by Pune based NGO and doctors, in Pune and Mumbai, irrespective of socio-economic background of children who participated in it

Diabesity a growing concern in children, says surveyOn the occasion of Children’s day and Diabetes day, the survey results were announced at the press conference in Pune. Rotary club of Koregoan Pune and Jt foundation, along with city doctors had joined hands together to conduct the survey. The survey was carried out in different private and municipal schools in Pune and Mumbai; […]