Fun and games help toddlers make healthy choices

December 2, 2014

By Kathleen Lees The last concern on children’s minds is eating healthy. Yet adding a little fun and games to the equation can make a dramatic difference when it comes to eating right. Recent findings published in the journal Appetite found that some fun fruit and vegetable games were enough to encourage toddlers to try […]

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Hungry or not, kids will eat treats

November 7, 2014

Even though they are not hungry, children as young as age 3 find high-energy treats too tempting to refuse, according to new research from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). In a study of 3- and 4-year-olds, 100 percent of children opted for a sweet or savory snack despite eating a filling healthy lunch only […]

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Same genes linked to rapid infant growth, later weight gains

October 29, 2014

By Steven Reinberg Infants who quickly add weight and length may be showing a genetic propensity for obesity as toddlers, a new study suggests. In adults, certain genes have been linked to increased body fat, but the same genes in infants promote proportionate gains in fat and lean muscle, the researchers said.

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Smoking, extra weight in pregnancy tied to obesity throughout childhood

July 18, 2014

By Shereen Lehman Women who smoke during pregnancy and are overweight early in pregnancy are more likely to have children who become obese as toddlers and stay obese through their teenage years, according to a new study. Obesity rates have more than doubled among U.S. children and quadrupled among U.S. adolescents in the past three […]

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Toddlers who sleep less may eat more

April 9, 2014

Toddlers who get too little sleep tend to eat more and are at increased risk for obesity, a new study indicates. The study included children in over 1,300 British families who had their sleep measured when they were 16 months old and their diet checked when they were 21 months old. Those who slept less […]

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Pre-packaged foods too salty for young children

March 25, 2013

By Brett Smith On average, Americans like their food salty, but it is an affinity that often results in conditions like hypertension and heart disease. A new study from officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that many pre-packaged children’s food may be giving the youngest Americans an early start when […]

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