Posts Tagged ‘childhood obesity’

Obesity is not completely related to hunger instinct: Dr.Vinod Dhurandhar

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Obesity Consultant, Dr.Vinod Dhurandhar, is the founder president of Association of Advancing Research in Obesity. He has conducted the first obesity camp in India in March 1981. He has written 3 books based on his research.

He has introduced a safe and systematic method to lose weight. He has treated over 65,000 patients.

Dr.Dhurandhar answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

i am feeling the pain of hunger and is compeled to eat.at the same time obesity is my worst problem.can u help me.
You can eat frequently but what you eat counts. So please consult an expert.

I am 45 years old and my husband is 47 years. My question is he is having stomoch obesity. How it will be reduced. He walks lot and he will do excercises also but still the stomach is not reducing
He has to see an Obesity consultant and follow a proper diet. Exercise alone will not help as it has no effect on fat but acts on the muscles.

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Childhood obesity ‘a ticking time bomb’

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Tell-tale sign of cholesterol has been seen in kids as young as three to five, a new study has claimed.

According to experts, childhood obesity builds a ticking time bomb of sickness in later life – and action to avert ill health should start before the kids attain school going age, the Daily Express reported.

Researchers at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada, studied the association between diet and non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in 1,076 pre-school children.

The study has been published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Source: ANI
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Heavy TV viewing linked to more junk food intake in kids

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Commercial TV viewing in the home was found to be related to greater junk food consumption among children, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Michigan.

The researchers at the University of Michigan interviewed over 100 parents about a wide variety of home and family characteristics, including child and parent media exposure, and child dietary intake.

Kristen Harrison and Mericarmen Peralta, conducted separate interviews with children in preschools to get a sense of what children thought made up a healthy meal.

The aim of the research was to see how family characteristics were associated with children’s dietary intake and perceptions of healthy meals.

Using food security as a marker, Harrison found that the media-junk food link is very strong among food-secure people, and almost zero among food-insecure people.

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More time in gym class lowers obesity risk in kids

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Increasing the amount of time that elementary schoolchildren spent in gym class reduces the probability of obesity, a new study from Cornell University has found.

The study represents some of the first evidence of a causal effect of physical education (PE) on youth obesity.

The research offers support for the recommendations of organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control, Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, all of which have advocated increasing the amount of time that elementary school children spend in gym class, said lead researcher and Cornell professor of policy analysis and management, John Cawley, who conducted the study with Chad Meyerhoefer of Lehigh University (Cornell Ph.D. 2002) and David Frisvold of Emory University.

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Middle-class kids ‘likelier to be obese than poorer counterparts’

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Middle-class children are more likely to be obese than those from poor families, according to new research.

Researchers say the new findings contradict the conventional ”deprivation theory” which suggests childhood weight problems are linked to poverty.

By charting youngsters” obesity levels and where they lived, the team at Leeds Metropolitan University found that those in ”middle-affluent” areas of Leeds were more likely to be very overweight than those in very poor or very wealthy postcode areas, the Daily Mail reported.

The trend was particularly high among girls.

Claire Griffiths, who led the study of 13,333 schoolchildren over three years, concluded that children living in the most deprived and most affluent areas of the city are at the lowest risk.

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How to make kids snack in a healthy way

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

One of the many factors leading to childhood obesity is increased snacking, but restricting or limiting it can backfire, say researchers.
Children in homes where parents carefully regulate snacking were found to eat more unhealthy snacks in an unregulated environment than children with less restrictive parents.

Researchers suggest that parents can ensure that their children eat fewer calories when snacking by giving them more nutritious snacks such as veggies and cheese in place of chips on a regular basis, or offering them smaller quantities of a variety of healthy snacks (multiple kinds of vegetables or fruit) on a plate.

Researchers Brian Wansink, Ph.D., Mitsuru Shimizu, Ph.D., and Adam Brumberg set out to discover whether certain types of snacks would lead children to feel full while consuming fewer calories.

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Worst snacks for school going children!

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

India is currently suffering from vast problems of malnutrition among children. The term malnutrition does not mean thin, starved or under-fed children. Malnutrition is an umbrella term that encompasses both under and over nutrition.

According to UNICEF, under-nutrition is the cause of 50% under-five deaths in India. On the other hand, in Delhi alone, there are nearly 24.2% obese adolescent children. Obese children are not concentrated in public schools alone. The prevalence of obesity in adolescents is 29% in public schools and 11.1% in government schools.

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Too much TV in childhood could lead to larger waistline later in life

Monday, August 27th, 2012

A new study has found that the more hours young children spend watching TV, the worse their muscular fitness and the larger their waist size as they approach their teens, with possible consequences for adult health.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under the age of two should not exceed more than two hours of TV viewing a day. However, evidence suggests that an increasing number of parents now use the television as an ‘electronic babysitter’.

As a consequence, a research group from the Universite de Montreal, Canada, set out to determine whether there is a correlation between the number of hours spent watching TV in early childhood and subsequent physical fitness in the same school-age children.

The Canadian team used participants from the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development, and assessed parental reports of the number of hours the child spent watching TV per week at 29 and 53 months of age. Muscle strength and abdominal fat correlate with fitness, and, were therefore measured when children were in the second and fourth grade, using the standing long jump test and waist circumference.

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Childhood obesity could erode fertility later

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

A sharp spike in childhood obesity may more than damage overall health — it could be disrupting the onset of puberty and erode the ability to reproduce, especially in females, according to a study.

Human bodies may be scrambling to adjust to a problem that is fairly new. For thousands of years of evolution, poor
nutrition or starvation were a greater concern, rather than an overabundance of food.

“The issue of so many humans being obese is very recent in evolutionary terms, and since nutritional status is important to reproduction, metabolic syndromes caused by obesity may profoundly affect reproductive capacity,” Patrick Chappell,  assistant professor of veterinary medicine at Oregon State University and study author, was quoted as saying in the journal Frontiers in Endocrinology.

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Childhood obesity could lower kids’ math performance

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Childhood obesity, especially the type that persists throughout the elementary grades, can harm children’s math performance, suggest a University of Missouri researcher.
Childhood obesity has increased dramatically throughout the past 40 years and has been tied to many health problems.

“The findings illustrate the complex relationships among children’s weight, social and emotional well-being, academics and time,” said Sara Gable, associate professor in the MU Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, who led the study.

Gable looked at more than 6,250 children from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten Cohort, a nationally representative sample.

The children were followed from the time they started kindergarten through fifth grade. At five points in time, parents provided information about their families, teachers reported on the children’s interpersonal skills and emotional well-being, and children were weighed and measured; they also took academic tests.

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