Teens just need a little help to stay fit.
We asked teenagers what they need to get, and stay, active.
Social media platforms can identify children who are most interested in or vulnerable to junk food and its advertising.
No, being thin doesn’t mean you can live off junk food.
Most people assume the only reason to eat healthy foods is to stay slim. But being slim doesn't mean you're healthy, and doesn't mean it's OK to eat junk.
A tasty treat but is it too much?
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It's not laziness that is causing some parents to overfeed their children.
Attempts to restructure our “obesogenic” food environment for health are often criticized - as restricting personal choice and freedom.
Bombarded with unhealthy offerings by the food industry, we blame and shame ourselves for gaining weight. But is it really our fault, or are we being "entrapped?"
Something to say.
The people at risk are the ones who need to be listened to.
New technologies provide limitless opportunities for getting kids active.
We need children to get hold of their fitness levels - literally.
Childhood obesity can be tackled from birth – so why aren’t we doing anything about it?
To combat childhood obesity, we need to start from day one.
About 58% of the average household’s food budget is spent on ‘junk’ food.
Many people believe eating healthily is expensive – and more costly than buying junk food. But our new research shows this isn't the case.
A staple daily diet for millions of South Africans is this traditional porridge, known as “pap”, made from mielie-meal (ground maize).
Food insecurity is not only a cause of bad food choices, it is a result of the economics and geographies of the food system.
So-called 'healthy towns' will address child obesity and dementia, but the real killer remains at large.
I dare you to say ‘no’.
Some children show 'food responsiveness' and others show 'satiety responsiveness'. It's worth know which one yours displays.
Junk food ads create pester power and undermine parents’ efforts to encourage healthy habits.
It’s like putting the fox in charge of the hen house – food advertisers can make and break the rules as they like.
Not as fast as they used to be.
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Children's fitness has been declining even faster over the past six years than in the decade before.
With c-sections becoming so common, it’s time that we started to investigate what that means for child health.
Baby via www.shutterstock.com.
As more and more babies are delivered by cesarean section, we need to start investigating what that means for their long-term health.
Children will learn to like vegetables if they’re regularly exposed to them from a young age.
Hippocrates said circa 400BC that “food should be our medicine and medicine should be our food”. He would probably turn in his grave if he saw the amount of highly processed, sugary food and drinks marketed…
Current guidelines ignore the fact that young Australians use screens for homework, social media and entertainment.
It’s almost universally recommended that for optimal physical and mental health, children engage in 60 minutes of physical activity each day and limit the time they spend watching TV, playing computer…
You always win with fruit.
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Poor nutrition is a primary cause behind the rising cost of health care in many developed countries. Although pupils have good knowledge of what is healthy and what is not, that does not always translate…
Australia tops the world for physical activity-friendly built environments but ranks second last for levels of children’s activity.
If we could go back 100 years in a time machine, what would kids be like? They’d be shorter, leaner, probably dirtier and less well-fed — but would they be fitter? It turns out we actually have a beautiful…
Lessons don’t stop during lunchtime.
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With the greatest will in the world, packed lunches often end up full of whatever happens to be left in the fridge or what can be grabbed on a tightly scheduled school run. But this can all now change…