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Only-children more likely to be obese than children with siblings, reveals study

A new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, published by Elsevier, found that only-children, who researchers refer to as ‘singletons,’ had less healthy family eating practices, beverage choices, and total Healthy Eating Index 2010 score, coming in lower on three out of the 12 areas measured. They also had significantly lower total […]

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#HealthyMaharashtra: ‘Tackle the problem of childhood obesity on priority’

Obesity is spreading like an epidemic even in Maharashtra, which also faces an acute problem of malnutrition. There are three aspects to obesity. Adult obesity, which is mainly due to faulty eating patterns and erratic lifestyle. Genetic obesity, which affects around 20-25%. And, lastly, hormonal or metabolism-related obesity. The youth of India is our main […]

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#WorldObesityDay: Avoid watching TV during meals to lower obesity risk

Obesity is a risk factor for several diseases including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some types of cancer. Researchers from the Ohio State University set out to examine the link between family meals and obesity risk. The study – carried out by Rachel Tumin, survey and population health analyst manager at the Ohio Colleges […]

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#WorldObesityDay: Here’s why obese mannequins are replacing slender models

The image which is given above recently went viral on social media. It says a lot about today’s health scenario. Could you guess why? The answer is, that these days lots of people require oversize clothing as they are overweight or obese. Hey, wait! Don’t laugh at the picture. Before laughing, have look at the […]

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Children with autism at a higher risk of weight gain in childhood, suggests study

The analysis, which examined results from relevant published studies, also found that children with autism spectrum disorders who were of non-Caucasian race, older in age, female, and living in the United States had especially higher rates of overweight or obesity. “Neurobehavioral abnormalities related to autism, and more importantly, our treatment decisions may contribute to excessive […]

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Public health experts urge Bollywood celebs and cricketers to not endorse junk food

Public health experts in India have urged celebrities to stop endorsing food products that contain high sugar, fat, and salt. Nutrition Advocacy in Public Interest (NAPI), a body formed by eminent doctors has written a letter to Bollywood personalities. Doctors have also sent the letter to the Union Health Ministry and NITI Aayog. Childhood obesity […]

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Divorce can lead to weight gain in children, finds study

Researchers from the London School of Economics and Political Science analysed data on 7,574 children born between 2000 and 2002. The authors say their findings back calls for better health support for families going through a break-up. The paper suggests a range of reasons why children might put on weight after a divorce, both economic […]

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Ban junk food advertisements near schools: FSSAI

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has proposed banning advertisements of unhealthy food in and around school premises in an attempt to promote safe and wholesome food among school children, its CEO Pawan Kumar Agarwal said on Thursday, June 13. With such a move, the regulator aims to promote wholesome and nutritious […]

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Even in young children, being overweight leads to high blood pressure

According to the World Health Organization, childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century. The problem is global and the prevalence has increased at an alarming rate. In 2016, more than 41 million children under the age of five were overweight. “The myth that excess weight in children […]

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High sugar levels during pregnancy could lead to childhood obesity, reveals study

The study was co-authored by Samantha Ehrlich, professor of public health at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and fellow researchers at Kaiser Permanente Northern California. For the research, scientists analysed the data of more than 40,000 pregnant women who delivered babies between 1995 and 2004 in the Kaiser Permanente Northern California health care system. They […]

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