Obese people are stigmatised by society – no wonder parents react defensively to letters informing them their child is overweight.
The key concerns is that kids will develop body image problems and adopt unhealthy behaviours to lose weight.
The proposal is very different to schemes in the US where BMI report cards are sent to parents. Instead, the data would feed into obesity research and prevention programs.
Excess screen time for children and adolescents is linked to many negative outcomes such as obesity, language delays and antisocial behaviour.
School is out and screens make tempting babysitters. Follow these recommendations to allow your child some screen time without compromising their health and development.
The Daily Mile started in a primary school in central Scotland six years ago. Now it has spread to 3,600 schools in 35 countries.
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…