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Latino families in study eat more fruits and veggies, drink less soda

August 23, 2013

A successful program that increased the number of fruits and vegetables eaten and decreased sugar-sweetened beverage consumption by 50 percent among Latino children had two secret weapons, according to a University of Illinois (U of I) researcher. “First, we got mothers and other relatives involved because family togetherness is a very important value for Latinos. […]

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Obesity risk factors may vary for boys, girls

August 22, 2013

By Kathleen Doheny While some behaviors increase the risk of obesity for both boys and girls, new research shows there are gender differences. For instance, although being on a sports team reduced the risk of obesity for middle school-aged boys, it did not for girls, said study author Dr. Elizabeth Jackson, an assistant professor of […]

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Soda tax won’t curb obesity, study contends

August 21, 2013

Taxing sodas and other sugary beverages won’t help reduce obesity because consumers would switch to other high-calorie foods and drinks that aren’t taxed, a new study contends. The researchers came to their conclusion after analyzing data on household food purchases made by Americans in 2006. The findings were published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. […]

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Study shows elementary and middle schools can get students moving, not just thinking

August 20, 2013

Despite widespread cuts to physical education classes and recess, an Indiana University study has shown that schools can play an important role in helping their students live healthier lives. Schools that implemented coordinated school health programs saw increases in students’ physical activity. “With support from teachers, administrators, and parents, our schools can become healthier places,” […]

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Obese kids more likely to have asthma, worse symptoms

August 19, 2013

By Dennis Thompson Overweight and obese kids are more likely to struggle with asthma than kids of normal weight, according to a new review of more than 623,000 children. Researchers found that children carrying extra weight are between 1.16 to 1.37 times more likely to develop asthma than normal-weight kids, with the risk growing as […]

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Minority kids may need longer support to keep weight off

August 15, 2013

By Cole Petrochko A lifestyle modification program for obese minority and inner city teens effectively helped them manage body mass index and nutrition, but the benefits wore off after the program’s conclusion, researchers found. During nine months of the behavior- and nutrition-modifying intervention, participants saw significant reductions in rates of BMI increase (0.13 versus 0.04,P<0.01), BMI […]

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Obesity rates decline among low-income preschoolers after rising for decades

August 14, 2013

By Lena H. Sun After decades of rising, obesity rates among low-income U.S. preschoolers declined broadly from 2008-2011, according to a federal report released Aug. 6 that offered the first glimpse of good news for children considered among the most vulnerable to the disease’s health risks. While other, smaller studies have cited drops among school-age children, the data released by […]

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Report recommends specific national and community plans for evaluation of obesity prevention efforts

August 13, 2013

The United States lags behind other international plans to evaluate obesity prevention efforts, and the country needs to know whether these efforts are having their intended impact, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The committee that wrote the report concluded that more systematic and routine evaluations could help determine how well obesity prevention […]

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Sugary drinks tied to obesity among preschoolers

August 12, 2013

By Genevra Pittman Five-year-olds who drink sugar-sweetened sodas, sports drinks, or juices every day are more likely to be obese than those who have sugar-sweetened beverages less often, according to a new study. Although the link between sugary drinks and extra weight has been well documented among teens and adults, researchers said that up until […]

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Boyd Swinburn: Coke changing its stripes on health? Fat chance

August 8, 2013

By Boyd Swinburn [NCCOR Envision Member] Coca-Cola has launched a massive PR campaign to convince everyone that it is now part of the solution to the obesity epidemic. However, the promise of an ounce of a Coke-sponsored sports program in New Zealand does not outweigh the ton of bricks dumped by Big Food and Big […]

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