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Words Can Wound When Parents Talk to Kids About Obesity

With U.S. health officials calling childhood obesity a public health crisis, conversations about weight are important. But what you say to your kids can be challenging, and even counterproductive, a new study found.

"Body weight is a sensitive issue and the way we talk about it matters," said lead author

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  • Binge Eating Disorder Looks Different in Brains of Boys and Girls

    The brains of girls and boys who have binge eating disorder show key differences, according to a new study.

    That's an important finding, researchers say, because both genders struggle with eating disorders, yet treatments are mainly targeted at girls.

    "Males have been excluded from rese...

    Sleep-Deprived Kids Will Snack More: Study

    Experts studying kids' sleep and eating habits have learned more about a potential reason for childhood obesity.

    Kids who are deprived of sleep tend to eat more calories the next day, researchers found. And some of those extra calories come from less-healthy, sugar-laden snacks or treats.

    "When children lost sleep, overall they ate an extra 74 calories per day, caused by an increase...

    Global Warming Will Mean More Unfit, Unhealthy Kids Worldwide: Study

    Children are not as physically fit as their parents were when they were kids, and this will likely harm them as the Earth warms, new research claims.

    The findings are based on a comprehensive review of more than 150 studies that looked at how children maintain physical activity, exercise and cope with heat, as well as how thi...

    Obesity Rates Continue to Climb Among U.S. Kids, Teens

    For the first time ever, more than 1 in 5 American kids is obese.

    From 2011 to 2012 and again from 2017 to 2020, rates of obesity rose for kids between 2 and 5 years of age as well as 12- to 19-year-olds, a new analysis of nationwide health survey data shows. And the uptick was true for U.S. kids of every race and ethnic background, according to study leader Amanda Staiano.

    "The pro...

    About 1 in 7 U.S. Kindergarten Kids Now Obese

    Despite reports that rates of childhood obesity are decreasing, kids seem to be packing on pounds at younger ages.

    In 1998, just under 73% of children entering kindergarten in 1998 had a normal body mass index (BMI), while 15.1% were overweight, and 12% were obese.

    However, fast forward 12 years and just 69% of kids started kindergarten at a normal BMI, a new study finds.

    An...

    Most Day Care Programs Don't Give Kids Enough Exercise

    Rates of childhood obesity in the United States are soaring, and new research suggests child care programs may be part of the problem.

    Most tots in these programs aren't getting nearly enough exercise.

    National guidance for child care programs calls for providing at least two opportunities a day for physical activity, totaling 60 to 90 minutes. While the new study found that 74% of ...

    Obesity May Be Affecting Heart Health in Kids as Young as 6

    As early as age 6, children who carry extra weight could be headed down a path toward future diabetes or heart disease, a new study suggests.

    The study, of nearly 1,000 Danish children, found that kids who were overweight often had elevations in blood sugar and insulin by the time ...

    Emotional Eating in Kids: How Much of It Is Mom's Fault?

    If a mother reaches for cakes, chocolates or other snacks when she's feeling down, her children could become emotional eaters as well.

    Kids' chances of becoming emotional eaters are shaped by both their natural eating tendencies and their parent's influence, according to a new British study.

    Emot...

    Many Overweight Kids Already Have Hardened Arteries, Diabetes

    If your children struggle with their weight, new research suggests they may also suffer from diseases once seen only in adults.

    Stiffening of the arteries, which can lead to early heart attacks and strokes, and type 2 diabetes were found in many of the more than 600 obese children, adolescents and young adults studied. And the problem is only getting worse: According to the U.S. Centers f...

    Pandemic Curbed Kids' Efforts to Lose Excess Weight

    A new study is highlighting yet another consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic: It has likely made it even harder for kids with obesity to manage their weight.

    The findings, researchers said, are no surprise. Many adults, faced with normal life being upended during the pandemic, have seen changes on the bath...

    Almost 1 in Every 3 College-Age Americans Are Now Obese

    It's probably fair to say that most people know of the so-called "Freshman 15" -- the weight that college students are often said to gain when they're away from home for the first time.

    But in recent decades, matters have gotten much worse in the United States. A new study using national data for people aged 18 to 25 found that while the prevalence of obesity was just over 6% in 1976 to 1...

    Good Sleep May Help Babies Avoid Obesity as They Grow

    You've probably heard that getting better sleep can be good for your waistline. The same appears to be true for your baby.

    Newborns who get more sleep and wake up less during the night are less likely to become overweight in infancy, according to a just-published study.

    "While an association between insufficient sleep and weight gain is well-established in adults and older children,...

    Weight Loss Surgery a Good Option for Severely Obese Kids: Study

    Severely obese children who are unable to slim down should be eligible for weight loss surgery, a new study suggests.

    The gastric sleeve procedure is safe and effective long-term, said a research team that followed participants as young as 5 for a decade.

    "Lack of long-term data and some pediatricians' fears that bariatric [weight loss] surgery might affect children's linear g...

    Child Obesity Rose Sharply During Pandemic

    Childhood obesity was a worrisome issue before the pandemic, and now it's alarmingly worse, new data shows.

    A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found a "profound increase in weight gain for kids" that is "substantial and alarming," Dr. Alyson Goodman, one of the study's authors, told the Associated Press.

    For the study, researchers reviewed the medical r...

    Kids Piled on Extra Pounds During Pandemic

    New research confirms the pandemic has not been good for the waistlines of children.

    During lockdowns, American kids gained more weight than before the pandemic, and the number who became obese also increased, researchers report.

    "This increased weight gain occurred in all youth between 5 and 17 years, but was particularly evident in children ages 5 to 11 -- an excess weight gain of...

    U.S. Kids Are Eating More 'Ultraprocessed' Foods

    Frozen burgers, pizza pockets and toaster strudel. Energy drinks and sugary sodas. Fruit leather and potato chips. Cookies and cereal bars. Fish sticks and chicken strips.

    These sorts of quick-pick manufactured foods are considered "ultraprocessed," and dietitians believe they could be at the root of America's obesity epidemic.

    A new study has found that two-thirds of the calories c...

    Fast-Food Companies Spending More on Ads Aimed at Youth

    The U.S. fast-food industry has boosted spending on ads targeting kids, especially Black and Hispanic youth, new research shows.

    For the study, the researchers analyzed data on ad spending and TV ad exposure for 274 fast-food restaurants and found that annual spending hit $5 billion in 2019, up more than $400 million between 2012 and 2019.

    "Fast-food consumption by children and teen...

    Obesity in Teens Raises Adult Diabetes Risk, Even After Weight Loss

    In a finding that confirms what many suspect, a new study shows that teens who are overweight or obese may be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes or have a heart attack in their 30s and 40s.

    These teens are also more likely to have other health issues down the road, regardless of whether they shed any excess weight during adulthood.

    "Adolescence is an important time period to pr...

    Obesity in Teens, Higher Risk of Stroke Before 50

    Strokes are on the rise among people younger than 50, and new research suggests that packing on the pounds during the teen years is a big reason why.

    The more overweight you were from ages 16 to 20, the greater your risk of having a stroke before age 50, the new study shows.

    "Given ongoing trends of adolescents who are overweight and obese in the U.S., Israel and other Western count...

    In Girls as Young as 7, Weight May Predict Odds for Eating Disorder

    Could there be a way to tell years in advance which girls are more likely to develop eating disorders?

    New research from Denmark suggests that childhood body mass index (BMI) may offer important clues. BMI is an estimate of body fat based on height and weight.

    The new research linked lower BMI as early as age 7 with a higher risk of anorexia, an eating disorder in which people sever...

    Americans Are Eating Less Healthily Everywhere, Except at School

    Taking a deep dive into how Americans eat, a new dietary analysis finds that no matter where people get their food, bad nutrition rules the day, with one key exception: schools.

    The conclusion is based on surveys conducted among 61,000 adults and children between 2003 and 2018. Respondents' answers revealed that the quality of much of the food they've been getting from restaurants, grocer...

    Do You 'Wolf Down' Your Food? Speedy Eaters May Pack on More Pounds

    Are you the type to linger over a meal, or do you tend to eat quickly without giving it much thought?

    New research confirms that you're better off going the slow route, because fast eaters tend to consume more and be more vulnerable to gaining weight and becoming obese. And it uncovers a new wrinkle: If you grew up with siblings, where you probably had to compete for whatever was on the t...

    Do Genes Doom Some Kids to Obesity? Probably Not, Study Finds

    While childhood obesity is a significant challenge, German researchers have uncovered some hopeful news while investigating the impact of genes.

    Though some "obesity genes" do play a minor role in the success of weight loss interventions, environmental, social and behavioral factors make the biggest difference, according to a new study from the Technical University of Munich.

    Those ...

    Losing Some TV Ads Might Reduce Childhood Obesity

    Limiting TV ads for sugary, salty and high-fat foods and drinks might help reduce childhood obesity, British researchers suggest.

    They looked at advertising of these products between 5:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. If all such ads were withdrawn during those hours, the number of obese kids in the U.K. between the ages of 5 and 17 would drop by 5% and the number of overweight kids would fall...

    Obesity in Youth Could Be Big Risk Factor for MS

    High rates of child and teen obesity could play a growing role in people's risk for multiple sclerosis (MS), British researchers say.

    Prior research has suggested that 53% of MS risk is directly attributable to environmental factors. For example, up to 1 in 5 cases could be attributed to smoking, the research team noted.

    Increasingly, obesity is also a big risk factor fo...

    How to Keep Your Kids Trim Through Quarantine

    A lot of kids have been pushing up the scale numbers while home during the pandemic -- and parents need to take steps to prevent the dreaded "quarantine 15," an expert says.

    "During the school year, most parents rely on schools to provide their child with regular exercise," said Dr. Joyce Samuel, an associate professor of pediatrics at McGovern Medical School at the University of Texa...

    Healthier School Meal Programs Helped Poorer Kids Beat Obesity: Study

    Just how healthy has the introduction of healthier new meals at America's schools been for kids? A new study ties the policy move to about a half-million fewer obese U.S. children.

    The study covered kids aged 10 to 17. It found that after the introduction in 2012-2013 of school meals with less fat/sugar and more whole grains, the risk of obesity fell by 47% among kids from low-in...

    School Closures Could Be Adding to Kids' Waistlines

    One side effect of the coronavirus pandemic could be long-lasting: U.S. school closures may worsen the child obesity crisis, experts warn.

    Previous research has shown that kids tend to gain weight when they're out of school during the summer -- especially Hispanic and black youngsters and children who are already overweight.

    "There could be long-term consequences for weight ...

    Obesity Might Be 'Contagious' Among Teens

    Teens who live around lots of obese or overweight kids come to see their body types as ideal, a new study suggests.

    As a result, these teens tend to be obese or overweight themselves, researchers say.

    "Higher obesity rates may normalize unhealthy weight in teens and make obesity prevention harder," said lead researcher Ashlesha Datar. She's a senior economist at the Center...

    Post-Game Snacks May Undo Calorie-Burning Benefit of Kids' Sports

    Kids get more calories from the snacks they eat after sports than they burn while playing, which could add up to thousands of extra calories a year, a new study warns.

    "So many kids are at games just to get their treat afterwards, which really isn't helping to develop healthy habits long term," said senior study author Lori Spruance, an assistant professor of public health at Brigham ...

    Weight-Loss Surgery Works, No Matter How Long Patient Was Obese

    Weight-loss surgery is as effective for people who became obese before age 20 as for older patients, new research shows.

    For the study, researchers from the University of Gothenburg, in Sweden, analyzed data from just over 4,000 obese adults. Half had undergone weight-loss surgery, half did not. They were divided into three groups based on their body mass index (BMI) at age 20: normal...

    Late Bedtimes in Preschool Years Could Bring Weight Gain

    Little ones who stay up late may have a higher risk of becoming overweight by the time they are school-age, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that young children who routinely got to sleep after 9 p.m. tended to gain more body fat between the ages of 2 and 6. Compared with kids who had earlier bedtimes, they had bigger increases in both waist size and body mass index (BMI) -- an...

    Kids Raised by Grandparents More Likely to Pile on Pounds: Study

    Grandparents can be a bad influence on kids' weight, researchers say.

    That's the upshot of an analysis of 23 studies conducted in the United States and eight other countries by a team from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.

    The study found that kids who were cared for by grandparents had nearly 30% higher odds for being overweight or obese.

    Mom-to-Be's Cosmetics Chemicals Could Lead to Heavier Baby

    When pregnant women use cosmetics containing parabens, their children may have a greater likelihood of becoming overweight, a new study suggests.

    Parabens are chemicals that have long been used as a preservative in cosmetics and body care products. A number of studies have suggested that parabens mimic estrogens in the body and may disrupt the normal function of hormones.

    In...

    Americans Need to Tackle Youth Obesity: U.S. Task Force

    Childhood obesity is such a crisis in America that officials have been updating recommendations for how early intervention should begin.

    Obesity now affects as many as 20% of the nation's children.

    The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reviewed the literature on kids between 2 and 18 years of age and now recommends that kids over 6 be screened using a measure of body ...

    Getting Active Helps Kids' Hearts, Even in the Obese

    Regular exercise reduces heart risk factors in overweight and obese kids, researchers report.

    Their study included 175 inactive boys and girls, aged 8 to 11, who took part in afterschool programs.

    All of them did homework for about a half-hour and had a healthy snack. Some were randomly selected to do instructor-led physical activity such as jumping rope and playing tag for ...

    Could Obesity Alter a Child's Brain Structure?

    Childhood obesity may be linked to changes in brain structure that might result in impulsive kids who struggle with problem-solving, a new study reports.

    Overweight and obese children tend to have a thinner prefrontal cortex, a part of the brain associated with decision-making and problem-solving. These same kids performed more poorly on games designed to evaluate those skills, said l...

    More TV, Smartphone Time Means More Sugary Drinks for Teens

    Teens who stay glued to screens, be it televisions or electronic devices, are not only getting less exercise -- they're more likely to down too many sugary, caffeinated drinks, according to a new study.

    Researchers analyzed data from more than 32,400 U.S. students in grades 8 and 10. They found that more than 27% exceeded recommended sugar intake and 21% exceeded recommended c...

    Childhood Risk Factors Can Predict Adult Obesity

    Certain risk factors in childhood can identify those who are more likely to suffer severe obesity in adulthood, a new study finds.

    The research included more than 12,000 participants from different countries who were followed from childhood in the 1970s and 1980s into adulthood.

    In childhood, 82% of the participants had normal weight, 11% were overweight, 5% were...

    Nearly 5 Million American Kids Are Obese, New Study Finds

    America's child obesity epidemic shows no signs of shrinking.

    About 4.8 million American kids aged 10 to 17 -- just over 15% -- were obese in 2017-2018, according to a new report.

    "These new data show that this challenge touches the lives of far too many children in this country," said Dr. Richard Besser, the president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which...

    High Lead Levels in Pregnancy Linked to Obesity in Kids Years Later

    Children whose moms had high levels of lead in their blood during pregnancy are more likely than others to carry excess weight by age 8, new research reveals.

    The conclusion stems from a look at blood tests of more than 1,440 mothers within three days after delivery. Their lead levels were then compared to their offspring's weight fluctuations during childhood.

    The study cou...

    Kids in Poor Neighborhoods Face Higher Odds for Obesity as Adults

    Growing up in a poor neighborhood significantly increases kids' odds of becoming obese adults, and the risk is highest among teens, a new study says.

    It found that children from poor neighborhoods had 31% higher odds for adult obesity, and the risk was much higher (29%) among 11- to 18-year-olds than for younger children (13%).

    "Growing up in a disadvantaged neig...

    Obese Teen Boys More Prone to Heart Attacks in Middle Age

    Teen boys who are overweight or obese may be more likely to have a heart attack before they're old enough to retire, according to a new study.

    Researchers analyzed data from nearly 1.7 million men in Sweden born between 1950 and 1987 who had extensive physical exams when they entered mandatory military service at age 18.

    They were tracked for up to 46 years, or to age 64.

    Obesity May Boost Odds for MS in Kids

    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 myelin -- the protective sheath around nerve fi...

    How to Help When Your Child Weighs Too Much

    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 you don't have to stand by helpless. The Endocr...

    Overweight Kids Are at Risk for High Blood Pressure

    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 problem," said study author Dr. Inaki Galan, ...

    A Simple Way to Help Prevent Child Obesity

    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 water dispensers in school can change that. Ha...

    The Scoop on Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt and Snow Cones

    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 ice cream is a good source of vitamin D an...

    Cholesterol Levels Improving Among U.S. Kids

    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, researchers report in the May 21 issue of the <...