The Secret to Thinner Kids
Children should get at least one hour of exercise every day
What's a few extra pounds?
Children and teens who are overweight or obese are more likely to carry that extra weight into adulthood, putting them at increased risk for future diabetes, liver disease, several types of cancer, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
In the short-term, these kids can suffer from asthma, sleep problems, and bone and joint issues, as well as social isolation and bullying. Overweight girls may also enter puberty at a younger age and may experience menstrual problems.
Eat more, weigh less
The study looked at the eating habits, socioeconomic status, sedentary time, and physical activity of 4,048 5-to-7 year-old children and 3,619 7-to-11 year-old children to see if these factors were associated with overweight and obesity.
"These data reinforce previous findings but also show original associations, especially regarding the protective role of eating at the school cafeteria and of small snacks between main meals," commented the researchers. "Taken altogether, our results on dietary habits suggest that a high meal frequency is associated with a lower risk of overweight or obesity."
Keeping kids trim
(Public Health Nutr 2013;doi:10.1017/S136898001200359X)
Kimberly Beauchamp, ND, received her doctoral degree from Bastyr University, the nation's premier academic institution for science-based natural medicine. She co-founded South County Naturopaths in Wakefield, RI, where she practiced whole family care with an emphasis on nutritional counseling, herbal medicine, detoxification, and food allergy identification and treatment. Her blog, Eat Happy, helps take the drama out of healthy eating with real food recipes and nutrition news that you can use. Dr. Beauchamp is a regular contributor to Healthnotes Newswire.