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Obesity May Boost Odds for MS in Kids

TUESDAY, July 16, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Obese children may be twice as likely to develop multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests.

And once obese children are diagnosed, they tend to have a poorer response to their initial treatment than average-weight kids do.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disorder caused by a misguided immune system attack on the body's myel...

How to Help When Your Child Weighs Too Much

WEDNESDAY, July 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Seventeen percent of American children and teens are obese and a nearly equal number are overweight, and those who are taunted about their weight tend to gain even more in response, according to a study from the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

What's even worse, excess weight puts youngsters at risk for lifelong health problems. But yo...

Overweight Kids Are at Risk for High Blood Pressure

FRIDAY, June 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight preschoolers have twice the odds of developing high blood pressure by age 6, putting them at risk of heart attack and stroke later in life.

And those odds begin building as early as age 4, a new study reports.

"The myth that excess weight in children has no consequences hampers the prevention and control of this health pro...

A Simple Way to Help Prevent Child Obesity

FRIDAY, June 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who don't drink water take in nearly 100 more calories from sugary drinks every day than those who do, according to a recent Penn State study.

About one-fifth of children fall into the no-water group.

But a multi-year experiment in the New York City public schools involving more than 1 million students found that installing wate...

The Scoop on Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt and Snow Cones

FRIDAY, June 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Cold, sweet ice cream cones are a favorite summertime treat -- but don't overdo it.

They're high in calories and less nutritious than you probably think. That goes for frozen yogurt and flavored snow cones too, according to Suzy Weems, a professor of family and consumer sciences at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Many people think i...

Cholesterol Levels Improving Among U.S. Kids

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Despite an epidemic of childhood obesity, the cholesterol levels of American kids have been improving over the past 20 years, a new study shows.

Researchers found that since 1999, levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol among U.S. children and teens have declined, while levels of "good" HDL cholesterol have risen.

That's the good news, resea...

Earlier Bedtimes Help Kids Fight Obesity

TUESDAY, May 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- With childhood obesity rates high, many studies have investigated lifestyle factors that can make a difference -- which ones increase the risk and which ones reduce it.

Beyond diet, a lack of sleep has been linked to weight gain both in adults and children, so it's important that kids get enough shuteye, even with their -- and your -- busy sc...

Heavy Teen Boys May Face Higher Heart Disease Risk as Adults

MONDAY, May 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Just a few extra pounds during adolescence may translate into higher odds for heart disease in adulthood, a new study of young men suggests.

It included about 1.7 million Swedish men who began military service at ages 18 or 19 between 1969 and 2005. They were followed for up to 46 years.

During the follow-up, nearly 4,500 were diagnos...

How Much Does Your Kid Weigh? Chances Are, You're Underestimating

SUNDAY, April 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Parents and doctors often overlook how overweight kids are, which could leave youngsters at increased risk for health problems linked to excess weight, British researchers say.

They reviewed 87 studies that included nearly 25,000 children, age 19 and younger, and their parents.

The researchers found that ...

For Kids, Obesity and Mental Health Woes Often Go Hand-in-Hand

SATURDAY, April 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Starting at age 7, kids can get stuck in a vicious cycle of obesity and emotional problems that is hard to escape, British researchers say.

Investigators are not sure what triggers the struggle, but new study findings suggest that, over time, youngsters who are obese are likely to develop anxiety and moodiness, w...

Preschool Is Prime Time to Teach Healthy Lifestyle Habits

MONDAY, April 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Teaching preschoolers about healthy habits can reduce their risk of obesity and heart disease later in life, new research suggests.

The New York City study included 562 youngsters in 15 preschools in Harlem, which has a largely black and Hispanic population. The two groups are known to have an increased risk of heart disease.

At the...

Weight-Loss Surgery Just as Successful for Teens With Down Syndrome

FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Young people with Down syndrome or other cognitive impairments are just as successful in shedding excess pounds after weight-loss surgery as their peers, a new study finds.

Researchers reviewed outcomes for 63 young people, aged 13 to 24, who had bariatric surgery at Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C. All were severely obe...

Newborn's 'Microbiome' Could Give Clues to Weight Later

FRIDAY, April 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A newborn's first stool holds telltale clues about his risk for becoming an overweight 3-year-old, according to a European study.

The clues come from the population of bacteria (microbiome) in the baby's gut.

Finnish researchers used genetic sequencing to analyze the first stool produced by 212 newborns and another sample at age 1....

Want to Stay Trim? Don't Eat in the Evening, Study Finds

SATURDAY, March 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Maybe you rush around with work and activities during the day, then settle in for a large, relaxing meal in the evening. But new research says the later in the day you eat, the more weight you're likely to pack on.

That's the takeaway from a week-long study involving 31 overweight and obese patients, mostly women...

How to Help Your Kids Achieve a Healthy Weight

THURSDAY, March 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity can lead to physical, social and emotional struggles for kids, so parents need to help their children maintain a healthy weight, experts say.

"Children with obesity are more likely than their classmates to be teased or bullied and to suffer from low self-esteem, social isolation and depression," said Dr. Alka Sood, a family medicine...

Taking a Bite Out of Food Ads Targeted to Kids

MONDAY, Feb. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Kids can be as strongly influenced by TV commercials as by the shows themselves, and many studies have found that tempting food ads have a particularly harmful effect, contributing to childhood obesity.

While the government has stepped in with nutrition guidelines for manufacturers, these are largely voluntary and, therefore, not enforceable....

Mom's Prenatal Fish Oil Might Help Kids' Blood Pressure Later

FRIDAY, Feb. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Obese young children may have less risk for high blood pressure if their mother took the omega-3 fatty acid DHA -- found in fish oil -- during pregnancy, new research suggests.

The findings could be important since rising numbers of American children are obese and experiencing hikes in blood pressure.

That could have long-term conseq...

Unfit Teens Often Grow Into Sickly Middle Age, Study Shows

TUESDAY, Feb. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Teen boys who are unfit and/or obese have higher odds for chronic disease and disability as adults, according to a large Swedish study.

Researchers followed more than 1 million boys for an average of 28 years, starting when they were 16 to 19 years of age.

Those who were inactive, obese or both as teens were more likely to receiv...

The Skinny on Schools' Efforts to Promote Healthy Eating

THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Schools that promote healthy eating may reduce kids' risk of obesity, new research finds.

Their study of nearly 600 middle schoolers in New Haven, Conn., found that such efforts limited increases in kids' body mass index (BMI -- an estimate of body fat based on height and weight).

The efforts included nutrition newsletters for stude...

Obesity Boosts Childhood Asthma Risk by 30 Percent

MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- The wheezy lung disease asthma is yet one more problem linked to excess weight in childhood, a new study suggests.

The research contends that as many as 10 percent of pediatric asthma cases in the United States could be avoided if childhood obesity were eliminated.

"There are very few preventable risk factors for asthma -- obesity ...

Kids With Autism, Delays More Likely to Be Overweight by Age 5: Study

TUESDAY, Oct. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Children with autism or developmental delays may be at increased risk for obesity, a new study finds.

The study included nearly 2,500 2- to 5-year-olds in the United States. Of those, 668 children had autism spectrum disorder (ASD); 914 had developmental delays; and a control group of 884 children had neither.

Compared to the contro...

Path to Obesity May Start in Preschool

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Preschoolers who quickly pack on pounds may be at particular risk of becoming obese teenagers, a large new study finds.

Experts said the results point to a critical "window" in early childhood -- between the ages of 2 and 5 or 6 years -- that can set the stage for persistent obesity.

They also said the findings leave some questions...

To Combat Childhood Obesity, Start at Birth … or Even Before

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Efforts to prevent childhood obesity probably should begin at birth to have any hope of success, according to new results from a pair of clinical trials.

First-time moms taught good nutrition strategies during their baby's first year wound up with 3-year-olds who were less likely to be overweight or obese, a Pennsylvania-based clinical trial d...

Too Much Screen Time May Pile on the Pounds

MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens, making it more likely they'll become overweight or obese, a new review claims.

The average 8- to 18-year-old spends more than seven hours a day fixated on a screen, whether it's a computer, smartphone, tablet, video game or TV, the latest evidence shows.

Teenagers who exceed t...

To Fight Childhood Obesity, Moms to the Rescue

WEDNESDAY, July 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Moms can play a big role in combating America's childhood obesity epidemic, researchers contend.

The key: kids are less likely to be obese if their mothers follow five healthy habits, according to the report from Harvard.

The five habits are: eating a healthy diet; exercising regularly; maintaining a healthy body weight; not smokin...

Aggressive Treatment Doesn't Slow Type 2 Diabetes in Children: Study

TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Early and aggressive drug treatment does not slow progression of type 2 diabetes in obese children, researchers say.

The new study included 91 obese diabetes patients aged 10 to 19, who were divided into two groups. One group took a long-lasting insulin called glargine for three months, followed by nine months of the diabetes drug metformin. ...

U.S. Obesity Rates Rising Again

TUESDAY, June 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- After briefly leveling off, the U.S. obesity rate may be climbing again, according to a preliminary study.

The rate had been rising for decades until it appeared to plateau in recent years. But, in the new study, researchers found that the trend may have been short-lived.

And if nothing changes, they estimate that half of all U.S....

Can Excess Weight in Toddlers Cause Brain Drain?

WEDNESDAY, May 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Extra pounds in early childhood may do more than put a child's physical health at risk -- they might result in a slightly lower IQ, new research suggests.

The study found that "non-lean" children tended to score lower on an intelligence quotient (IQ) test years later, particularly in the areas of reasoning and working memory.

But...

Sleep-Deprived Kids at Risk of Obesity

FRIDAY, May 4, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Too little sleep can increase a child's risk of obesity, British researchers report.

"Being overweight can lead to cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes which is also on the increase in children," said study co-author Michelle Miller, of the University of Warwick in England.

"The findings of the study indicate that sleep may be a...

Can Type 2 Diabetes Lead to Irregular Periods for Teen Girls?

WEDNESDAY, April 25, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- As if coping with type 2 diabetes as a teenager isn't tough enough, it turns out that many girls with the metabolic disorder also have to deal with irregular periods.

And menstrual cycles that stray from normal can lead to very heavy bleeding and cause extra cramping, said Dr. Megan Kelsey, lead author of a new study. She's an associate p...

Losing Excess Weight in Childhood Cuts Diabetes Risk

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- If an overweight child slims down before puberty, the risk of type 2 diabetes seems to slide away with the lost pounds.

Later weight loss also lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes in adulthood, just not as much, new research reports.

"The sooner we can get children to a healthy weight and lifestyle, the better off they'll be," said...

Early Periods May Heighten Obesity Risk Later

MONDAY, April 2, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Women who began puberty early are more likely to be overweight, a new study reports.

Specifically, the earlier they had their first period, the more apt women were to have a higher body mass index (BMI), which is an estimate of body fat based on weight and height.

Researchers at Imperial College London analyzed data from hundreds of ...

Poor, Minority Moms Face Tough Judgments Over Kids' Weight

TUESDAY, March 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Poor mothers who get food assistance face close scrutiny over their kids' weight, researchers say.

Their study of 138 families in low-income communities in North Carolina found that poor mothers whose kids were overweight or underweight were more likely to be accused by doctors, nutritionists and social workers of not feeding them properly t...

U.S. Child Obesity Levels Not Falling After All

MONDAY, Feb. 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Despite some promising reports in recent years, it seems the U.S. childhood obesity problem is not turning a corner.

That's the finding of a study published online Feb. 26 in Pediatrics showing that hopes of a turnaround may have been premature.

Over the past few years, studies have found that childhood obesity rates seemed to...

Parents Find Kids' Weight Report Cards Hard to Swallow

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Schools across the country are issuing special report cards that assess a student's weight and health -- but parents often don't believe what they're seeing, a small study shows.

Known as BMI report cards, they contain information about a child's body mass index -- an estimate of body fat based on weight and height. BMI report cards also o...

Few Prescription Meds Have Dosing Guidelines for Obese Kids

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity can change how prescription drugs work, but many medications used to treat children don't say so on their labels, researchers report.

Federal lawmakers offered drug manufacturers incentives to study how drugs affect kids, but many have not provided safety guidelines for those who are obese, the researchers found.

In the Uni...

Is Obesity 'Contagious'?

TUESDAY, Jan. 23, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Living in a neighborhood with a high rate of obesity might raise the odds that you and your children will become plus-sized, too.

That's according to a new study involving more than 1,500 U.S. Army families. The researchers say their findings may help explain why high obesity rates in the United States tend to cluster in certain geographic ar...

Fewer of America's Poor Kids Are Becoming Obese

MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity rates among poor kids may be declining, U.S. health officials report.

The number of severely obese 2- to 4-year-olds enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) increased to slightly more than 2 percent of all kids from 2000 to 2004, but it then decreased over the next decade to slightly ...

Weight-Loss Surgery Is Good for Obese Teens' Hearts

MONDAY, Jan. 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) -- Severely obese teens who undergo bariatric surgery to lose weight end up lowering their heart disease risk down the road, new research indicates.

For the study, researchers tracked 242 adolescents for three years after they had weight-loss surgery.

"This is the first large-scale analysis of predictors of change in cardiovascular disea...

Asthma Worse for Overweight Preschoolers: Study

THURSDAY, Dec. 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Preschoolers with asthma may have worse symptoms if they're overweight.

Compared to those with a healthy weight, heavy kids with untreated asthma had 37 more days with symptoms a year, according to a new report.

The study findings show that "early life weight gain does worsen the severity of asthma in the youngest patients," said ...

Tech at Bedtime May Mean Heavier Kids

TUESDAY, Dec. 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Kids and their smartphones aren't easily parted, but if you want your children to get a good night's sleep and to stay at a healthy weight, limiting bedtime screen time appears key, new research suggests.

Parent surveys revealed that using a smartphone or watching TV at bedtime was tied to a greater body mass index (BMI). BMI is an estimate ...

60 Percent of U.S. Kids Could Be Obese by Age 35

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of children growing up in America today will be obese by age 35, a new computer analysis predicts.

The study's lead author, Zachary Ward, described the forecast as "sobering."

But, he added, "It should not be surprising that we are heading in this direction. We are already approaching this level of adult obesity for c...

Lunchtime H2O May Be Key to Curbing Kids' Obesity

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Getting kids to drink water with their school lunches could help keep their weight in check and save the United States billions in obesity-related costs, a new study contends.

Researchers calculated the effects of going nationwide with a program piloted in 1,200 New York City schools between 2009 and 2013.

Placing water dispensers in...

Childhood Obesity Up Worldwide Almost 10-Fold Over 4 Decades

TUESDAY, Oct. 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Childhood obesity has increased more than 10-fold worldwide since 1975, a new study reports.

But even more children are underweight than severely overweight, according to the analysis of data from 200 countries.

Researchers found that by 2016 overall obesity rates had jumped from less than 1 percent to almost 6 percent for girls and...

High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy May Boost Child's Obesity Risk

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 27, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having high blood pressure during pregnancy may make your child more vulnerable to obesity, a new study suggests.

Researchers examined data from more than 88,000 mother-child pairs in China. The mothers' blood pressure was checked in each trimester of pregnancy. The children were then weighed when they were between the ages of 4 and 7.

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Obesity Rates Have Stopped Rising for Young Americans

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Youth obesity rates are leveling off in the United States, with about one-third of kids and teens now overweight or obese, a new report shows.

"Obesity rates are still far too high, but the progress we've seen in recent years is real and it's encouraging," said Richard Besser, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). ...

Brain Scans Offer Clues to Why Some Teens Pile on Pounds

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- How come some people can just walk on by a plate of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, while others grab a handful as they pass?

Brain scans done on teenagers may provide a clue. Researchers found that the brains of overweight teens were less active in areas that help with impulse control when teens were shown pictures of food.

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Obesity in Teen Years Tied to Colon Cancer Risk in Adulthood

MONDAY, July 24, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity even in adolescence may raise the odds for colon cancer in adulthood, a large new study finds.

Overweight and obese teens in Israel had about a 53 percent higher risk for colon cancer as adults, researchers found.

And for rectal cancer, obesity -- but not overweight --was tied to more than double the risk for girls, and 71 pe...

Sugary Drinks in Pregnancy Tied to Heavier Kids Later

MONDAY, July 10, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Could a pregnant woman's craving for sugar-sweetened drinks put her child at risk for being overweight later in life?

Maybe, a new study suggests.

Eight-year-olds who drank at least a half of a sugar-sweetened beverage each week were about 2 pounds heavier if their moms consumed more than two sugar-sweetened beverages a day during th...