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Child And Teen Obesity Soars Tenfold Worldwide In 40 Years: WHO Report

Child And Teen Obesity Soars Tenfold Worldwide In 40 Years: WHO Report

GENEVA (Reuters) – The number of obese children and adolescents worldwide has jumped tenfold in the past 40 years and the rise is accelerating in low- and middle-income countries, especially in Asia, a major study said on Wednesday. Childhood and teen obesity rates have leveled off in the United States, north-western Europe and other rich countries, but remain “unacceptably high” there, researchers at Imperial College London and the World Health Organization (WHO) said. “Over 40 years we have gone from…

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How Parents Needlessly Lower Their Children’s IQ

How Parents Needlessly Lower Their Children’s IQ

The parental behaviour that lowers children’s IQ. Children who were spanked in childhood have lower IQs, a study finds. The more children were spanked, the lower their IQ, the research also found. The probable reason is that spanking is highly stressful for children. It can leave them with post-traumatic stress disorder. An ongoing fear of terrible things happening — being easily startled — is linked to a lower IQ. Parents who continue to use corporal punishment into the teenage years…

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11 Tips to Get Kids to Eat Healthy

11 Tips to Get Kids to Eat Healthy

Ask any parent about the top challenges of raising kids, and getting them to eat healthy would probably be high on the list. Countless parents have kids who just want to eat chicken nuggets, or pasta, or macaroni and cheese, or all of the above, and definitely without any vegetables. It’s a problem throughout the year, but at back-to-school time, it gets maybe a tad more stressful, as parents are looking to start over or at least give their kids…

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5 Kind Phrases That Can Inspire A Child

5 Kind Phrases That Can Inspire A Child

“Be mindful when it comes to your words. A string of some that don’t mean much to you may stick with someone else for a lifetime.” – Rachel Wolchin Adults, especially parents, have a huge impact on what kind of person a child will become. At a young age, a child will mimic a parent’s words and actions – in other words, their behavior. Words have an extremely powerful influence on children. Early in children’s lives, they are guided mostly…

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Skimping On Sleep In Childhood Could Speed Up Cellular Aging

Skimping On Sleep In Childhood Could Speed Up Cellular Aging

New U.S. research has found that children who sleep less appear to age faster at the cellular level – a process which can have a negative effect on health later in life. Previous smaller studies on adults have already suggested that sleep might be linked to a shortening of telomeres – the protective “caps” at the end of our chromosomes. Telomeres naturally get shorter as we age, every time our cells divide. However, certain lifestyle factors such as lack of…

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Health Canada Considers Sweeping Ban On Junk Food Ads Aimed At Children And Teens

Health Canada Considers Sweeping Ban On Junk Food Ads Aimed At Children And Teens

Government is also revising the Canada Food Guide to include foods that should be avoided altogether The junk food advertising ban for everyone under the age of 17 would cover most cheeses and foods that are high in fat and salt such as chips, frozen waffles, fruit juice and even granola bars. Health Canada is considering a widespread ban on the marketing of unhealthy food to kids under the age of 17. It could cover everything from TV, online and…

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Busy Schedules are Putting Children’s Health at Risk

Busy Schedules are Putting Children’s Health at Risk

‘Worry and busyness and stress is robbing children of their peace of mind,’ says child therapist According to child and family therapist Michele Kambolis, children are vulnerable to anxiety and stress preventing them from getting a good night’s sleep. Busy schedules, too many worries and a lack of sleep could be threatening the health of your children, one expert is warning parents. Vancouver-based child and family therapist Michele Kambolis says she often hears from children who say they are working…

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Sleep Apnea in Children Tied to Changes in Brain

Sleep Apnea in Children Tied to Changes in Brain

In children with a common condition that causes them to periodically stop breathing during sleep, areas of the brain involved with thinking and problem-solving appear to be smaller than in children who sleep normally, a study finds. Researchers can’t say the brain changes actually cause problems for children at home or school, but they do say the condition, known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), has been tied to behavior and cognitive problems. “It really does seem that there is a…

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Does TV Hinder Kindergarten-Readiness?

Does TV Hinder Kindergarten-Readiness?

Lower-income kids harmed more by excess screen time than affluent children, study finds One big factor holding kids back as they enter kindergarten may sit in the family living room: the television. New research suggests that youngsters who watch a lot of TV – or other screens – are less ready for school than those who don’t. “Given that studies have reported that children often watch more than the recommended amount, and the current prevalence of technology such as smartphones…

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Why Kids Younger Than 12 Don’t Need Otc Cough And Cold Remedies

Why Kids Younger Than 12 Don’t Need Otc Cough And Cold Remedies

The common cold season is here, and if you have children, you will likely feel their suffering from these annoying upper respiratory tract viral infections. Children experience more colds, about six to 10 annually, than adults. With each cold producing symptoms of nasal congestion, runny nose, cough and mild fever lasting up to seven to 10 days, it may seem that children are nearly continuously sick. Parents certainly want their ill children to feel better, and they, naturally, want to…

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