New study finds childhood obesity rates holding steady...at best.
The Wichita Falls YMCA is helping families reduce the area's high rate of diabetes and childhood obesity.
The increase in childhood obesity has contributed to a rise in type two diabetes among kids.
Could spending three more minutes at the dinner table really help lower childhood obesity? According to a new study published in the journal Economics and Human Biology, more time equals less weight.
Scientists at the University of Illinois looked at ways low-income families could help their kids achieve and maintain a healthy weight. They discovered family mealtimes together could be linked to the kid's weight.
The study involved 200 family mealtimes. Children who regularly sat down and had their meals with the family were more likely to have a normal weight than those who cut mealtimes short. Even three minutes more at the table had an impact.
"Children whose families engaged with each other over a 20-minute meal four times a week weighed significantly less than kids who left the table after 15 to 17 minutes. Over time, those extra minutes per meal add up and become really powerful," study author Barbara Fiese, director of the University of Illinois' Family Resiliency Program, said in a statement.
The findings suggest that families who have a positive attitude about mealtimes together and consider it an important part of family life, were less likely to have obese or overweight children. Behaviors such as talking and interacting together also seemed to contribute to the children's healthier weight.
Flese noted that teaching low-income families how to make the most of mealtimes together was worthwhile in helping families make the necessary changes needed to combat obesity.
"This is something we can target and teach. It's much more difficult to change such factors as marital status, maternal education, or neighborhood poverty," she said.
Our changing society also offers new challenges for families.
"It's also important to recognize the increasing diversity of families and their sometimes complex living arrangements that may challenge their abilities to plan ahead and arrange a single time to commun
There are thousand of news stories about obesity in this country reaching epidemic levels.
What actually constitutes an epidemic? According to the Merriam- Webster dictionary an epidemic is something a) affecting or tending to affect a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community, or region at the same time. b) excessively prevalent. c) characterized by widespread growth.
If you take a look around it won't be long before you will see exactly what is meant by an obesity epidemic. Adults are one thing barring a medical condition, they choose to be obese. Children are another thing altogether. Again, with the exception of children with a medical condition, if kids are overweight, obese or morbidly obese it's because they are given a lot of the wrong kinds of food to eat and allowed to sit for hours in front of a TV or computer. Kids aren't responsible for putting food on the table- adults are. They may not pay for the food, but they are paying a price.
Researchers in the Netherlands have found that two out of three severely obese children already have at least one risk factor for heart disease. These are kids between the ages 2 to 18. That means toddlers through teens are already developing what was once considered an older adult disease.
The Dutch study authors assessed heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, diabetes and cholesterol in 500 cases of severely obese children, aged 2 to 18 years.
The authors found that younger boys were more often severely obese compared to older boys, while they found the reverse for girls, according to the study published online July 23 in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.
Overall, two-thirds (67 percent) of the children had at least one risk factor for heart disease. When it came to specific risk factors, 56 percent of the children had high blood pressure, 54 percent had high levels of "bad" LDL ch