Family meals could protect teens from obesity in adulthood

October 15, 2014

By Catherine Griffin A simple, family meal each day may reduce the risk of obesity in teens. Scientists have found that family meals during adolescence were protective for overweight and obesity in adulthood. In order to see whether family meals played a role in obesity reduction, the scientists used data from a 10-year longitudinal study. […]

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Severe obesity in teens tied to possible kidney problems

July 28, 2014

By Robert Preidt Nearly one-fifth of severely obese teens have poor kidney function, a small new study suggests. The study included 242 severely obese teens taking part in research on weight-loss surgery. Seventeen percent of the teens had protein in their urine, which is an early sign of kidney damage. In addition, 7 percent had […]

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The one good thing about teens and sports drinks

June 9, 2014

By Alice Park Researchers confirm a strong connection between sports and energy drinks and smoking, video game playing, and sugary soda consumption. But the beverages were also linked to more physical activity among teens. Considering what we know about kids and sports drinks — briefly, that according to leading health groups like the American Academy […]

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Inadequate sleep predicts risk of heart disease, diabetes in obese adolescents

May 16, 2014

Obese adolescents not getting enough sleep? A study in [the March 6 edition] the Journal of Pediatrics, shows they could be increasing their risk for developing diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Lack of sleep and obesity have been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases in adults and young children. However, the […]

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Overweight teens don’t share in life-expectancy gains

May 2, 2014

By Robert Preidt Gains in life expectancy don’t extend to adults who were overweight or obese as teens, according to a new study. The average lifespan in the United States has increased by more than a decade since 1950, to nearly 79 years for someone born in 2011, the researchers said. But rising obesity rates […]

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Obesity linked to lower grades among teen girls

April 28, 2014

By Linda Poon Childhood obesity has made it to the forefront of public health issues, both in the United Kingdom and in the United States. Now researchers at the Universities of Dundee, Strathclyde, Georgia, and Bristol say that not only does obesity affect a child’s overall health, but it may also lead to poorer school […]

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Study: U.S. teens eat too much salt, hiking obesity risk

March 12, 2014

By Alan Mozes American teens are taking in as much dietary salt as adults, far exceeding guidelines on healthy limits for daily consumption, new research warns. The investigation tracked the week-long eating habits of more than 760 black and white high school kids. It found that, on average, teens now ingest a whopping 3,280 milligrams […]

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Study: Physical activity does not help burn abdominal fat in teens

February 7, 2014

By Stephen Adkins It is a known fact that eating junk food causes bulging waistlines in adolescents. But a study by the UPV/EHU University of the Basque Country has found that abdominal fat cannot be reduced even if they engage in more physical activity. Researchers said that the only way to fight obesity is through […]

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Obesity may disturb bone growth during teen years

January 22, 2014

By Shereen Jegtvig Obese teens might not develop sufficient bone mass relative to their body weight, according to a new study from Brazil. Both body fat and lean body mass have an impact on bone growth, but it’s not clear if the bones of the heaviest teens are strong enough for their weight and that […]

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Report: California teens drinking more sugary drinks

November 8, 2013

Although younger children in California are drinking less soda and other sugary beverages, teens in the state are actually drinking more, according to a report released Oct. 17. The research from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) involved more than 40,000 households and revealed an […]

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