Food cravings are stronger, but controllable, for kids

October 3, 2014

Children show stronger food cravings than adolescents and adults, but they are also able to use a cognitive strategy that reduces cravings, according to new research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “These findings are important because they suggest that we may have another tool in our toolbox to […]

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New, free USDA education materials show children how to make healthful food choices

July 2, 2013

Research shows that students with healthful eating patterns tend to do better in school, and it’s important that children begin learning about food and nutrition when they’re young. In support of that goal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) recently released three, free sets of curriculum educators can use to empower […]

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Study examined association between household behaviors, youth BMI

December 28, 2012

This study sought to determine whether children (aged 9–18 years) who live in households that have healthful practices related to behaviors associated with obesity have a lower body mass index (BMI).

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Obese kids more susceptible to food advertisements, brain scan study suggests

December 4, 2012

By Ryan Jaslow A new study adds to the debate about the role food advertising has in the childhood obesity epidemic. The study, published online Nov. 30 in the Journal of Pediatrics, finds obese children are more vulnerable to the food advertisements they may see on television, which in turn can make them more likely to eat […]

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Child cholesterol improves in U.S. as snacks lose fats

August 8, 2012

Aug. 07, 2012, Bloomberg Businessweek By Jeanna Smialek Cholesterol levels in U.S. children improved in the past two decades as makers of cookies, crackers, and French fries responded to public concern that trans fats used in their products may be harmful to health. The prevalence of elevated total cholesterol dropped to 8.1 percent for those […]

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