Economists, social scientists, pediatricians and policy experts all recently gathered to discuss an issue plaguing 22 percent of all children in the United States. The plenary session, titled “A National Agenda to End Childhood Poverty” took place at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington D.C., and it discussed a wide range of issues relating to childhood poverty in the United States.
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Organic baby food has been around for a while, but it really took off around five years ago when squeezable pouches hit the market. Since that time, organic baby food has “exploded in popularity,”
Though obesity is a very common issue, there is another weight problem among children that is less discussed, and according to a recent study, less diagnosed among health care professionals – being underweight. Unfortunately, this can mean serious health complications – everything from malnutrition to heart complications and death – for the children affected.
Times are a-changing for schools all across the country. First, it was the new school lunch standards in January of last year. Now a new rule is in the making; that rule will change the snack foods and beverages sold inside of schools.
In adults, high blood pressure can lead to serious heart complications. Lifestyle and diet changes are recommended to help bring high blood pressure back to a normal level. If that doesn’t work, medications are prescribed. But what happens when a child has high blood pressure?
While obesity rates in the US have been a cause for public health concern for quite some time now, the effect that inactivity, too-busy-to-cook schedules and diet changes have had on our health over the last few decades is downright disturbing when you consider the health conditions that so many American children are now facing – heart disease, type 2 diabetes and hypertension, just to name a few.
“Eat your vegetables.” We heard it as children and now we tell our own children the very same thing. Often, that request is met with a sour face or ignored altogether, but a recent study suggests that parents CAN get their children to eat more fruits and vegetables.
In recent studies, vitamin D has been linked to a reduction in respiratory problems for kids and iron deficiency has been linked to poor neurological development. Many children get these important nutrients from cow’s milk. But could an excess of milk prove to be too much of a good thing? Researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario say, “Yes!”
Obesity affects approximately one-third of all U.S. children between the ages of 8 and 18. Recent statistics have estimated that the average U.S. child watches 4.5 hours of television per day. Approximately 70% of those children have televisions in their rooms.
With the holiday season fast approaching, parents all over the world are preparing for their egg intolerant child. But all of that planning, extra food packing and ingredient questions may not be necessary, a new study suggests.
In the last few years the benefits of organic foods has always been a big question for many families. In fact Stanford University doctors recently revealed that because they were ‘inadequately prepared when it came to answering their patients’ questions regarding the nutritional value of organic foods, they combed through thousands of studies on 237 of the most commonly compared organic and conventionally grown foods.
Organic foods – those grown without the use of pesticides or antibiotics – are chosen for a number of reasons, health and environmental concerns among the most common. But is that higher price really worth it? Do consumers really receive more nutrients and vitamins by going organic?
Over the years, scientists have determined just how much of certain nutrients humans need. Unfortunately, there are still some nutrients, like fiber, that are still largely up for debate, especially in regards to children. Casey Weber, doctoral student in human nutrition from Mound City and researcher at Kansas State University explains.