One in four U.S. kids underestimate their weight

September 8, 2014

Many obese and overweight kids don’t see themselves that way, which makes achieving a healthy weight almost impossible, researchers report. In a new study, 27 percent of children and teens underestimated their weight. Fewer than 3 percent overestimated it. About 25 percent of parents underestimated their child’s weight and just 1 percent overestimated it, according […]

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Motivating kids to be more physically active

May 19, 2014

Parents can help motivate kids to be more physically active, but the influence may not result in an improvement in their children’s body mass index (BMI), finds a new evidence review in the American Journal of Health Promotion. “It was disappointing to find the overall impact of interventions on physical activity was so minimal. It […]

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Motivating kids to be more physically active

May 5, 2014

Parents can help motivate kids to be more physically active, but the influence may not result in an improvement in their children’s body mass index (BMI), finds a new evidence review in the American Journal of Health Promotion. “It was disappointing to find the overall impact of interventions on physical activity was so minimal. It […]

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Schools increasingly check students for obesity

April 16, 2014

The Chula Vista school district not only measures the academic progress of Marina Beltran’s second-grader, it also measures her son’s body fat. Every two years, Antonio Beltran, like his classmates, steps on a scale. Trained district personnel also measure his height and then use the two figures to calculate his body mass index (BMI), an […]

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Study finds parental stress linked to obesity in children

January 13, 2014

Parental stress is linked to weight gain in children, according to a new study from St. Michael’s Hospital. The study found that children whose parents have high levels of stress have a body mass index (BMI) about 2 percent higher than those whose parents have low levels of stress. Children with higher parental stress also […]

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Parents who set, stick to rules may help kids stay slim

January 6, 2014

By Kathleen Doheny Parents who set firm rules about behaviors like TV viewing, dinner time, and physical activity tend to have children of healthier weights, a new Australian study finds. “Children of parents who set consistent rules have a slightly lower body mass index (BMI); they’re thinner,” said study author Pauline Jansen. Both mothers and […]

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Kids worldwide are less fit than their parents were, study shows

December 18, 2013

Today’s kids can’t keep up with their parents. An analysis of studies on millions of children around the world finds they don’t run as fast or as far as their parents did when they were young. On average, it takes children 90 seconds longer to run a mile than their counterparts did 30 years ago. […]

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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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Parents can spur kids’ activity by example

August 2, 2012

Aug. 1, 2012, Firstpost. Parents concerned about their kids’ lazy ways can spur them into greater activity by setting an example themselves, according to research at National Jewish Health. Kristen Holm, assistant professor of medicine at National Jewish Health – Denver, Colorado, and her colleagues report that, when parents increase their daily activity, as measured by […]

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