Everyone from parents to physicians and government officials have been trying to find a way to decrease the prevalence of child obesity. School lunch programs have been altered, public announcements have been made, and for extreme cases, diets for children have been designed and administered. But a new study suggests we’re missing a very important piece of the puzzle.
Thought to affect more than 300 million people worldwide, asthma is a condition that experts have spent years trying to understand. Characterized by a narrowing of the airway, this condition can be extremely scary, especially for children.
Obesity is a rising, worldwide epidemic. According to the World Health Organization, 1.4 billion adults are overweight (BMI of 25-29.9), and more than half a billion are considered obese (BMI of 30 or more). Previous studies in Norway estimate that the obesity rate among women of reproductive age has risen two-to-three-fold over the last years.
When we think of bacteria, we often think of germs that we want to avoid, but not all bacteria are bad. In fact, some are essential for good health; such is the case of bacteria found in the gut and intestines. A new study has found that, for babies, gut bacteria (microbiota) diversity is determined by the choices that mom makes. And it all starts at birth.
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.
Being fit can help kids be healthier adults. Being fit can also help ward off serious health conditions like obesity, diabetes and heart problems. But according to researchers from Michigan State University, fit kids can expect even more than just good health; they can expect to excel academically as well.
In the United States, nearly 18 percent of boys and 16 percent of girls between the ages of two and 19 are considered obese. These statistics, provided by the American Heart Association, are said to be the leading cause behind the rise in heart disease and type II diabetes in children today.
For as long as most can remember, women have heard the phrase, “You’re eating for two now.” But according to health care professionals like Professor Wayne Cutfield, this saying carries some loaded risks for the unborn child – risks that can carry on into adulthood.
Sleep apnea isn’t good for anyone, but a new study says it may be even riskier for a pregnant woman and her unborn child.
While many studies have uncovered the positive aspects of being a working mother, a more recent study regarding the nutritional and exercise needs has some working mothers rather upset.
According to a recent study, the more children a woman has, the more likely she is to experience weight problems later in life. However, researchers also found that women may be able to counteract that risk slightly by breastfeeding their babies.