There has been a tenfold increase in the worldwide prevalence of childhood obesity over the past four decades.
Brightly coloured, strategically placed. No wonder parents and kids can have a tough time saying “no” to sugary snacks.
The mixed messages around children, food and weight - not to mention sophisticated marketing - can leave parents perplexed. But there are ways to wade through it all and find healthy choices.
Put down that bleach.
A sanitised environment can mean fewer helpful bacteria. That has some surprising consequences for the health of children.
As a nation, we drink 679m litres of the stuff every year.
Children in the UK drink more energy drinks than in any other country in Europe — and many parents are unaware of the health risks.
What we eat, how much and how often changes over our lives.
Shakespeare wrote of the 'seven ages of man', and our appetite for food changes as we age too – with implications for our health.
Policymakers need to stop focusing on schools to solve the obesity crisis.
Ecuador’s school snack programme focuses on pre-packaged, individual-sized items like juice boxes.
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Up to 25% of Ecuadorian children suffer from malnutrition, and the country's sugary school snacks aren't helping. Kids need healthful, fresh food — not high-calorie humanitarian aid.
Enrolling children in in pre-school is essential for their development.
Child support grants are an income resource that enables caregivers to make healthier food choices and provide the means to send their children to school earlier.
Is she getting enough shuteye?
People have been fretting about children getting too little sleep for decades.
Current high rates of childhood obesity are the product of a perfect early-life storm.
Childhood obesity is increasing and is most common for children living in disadvantage. But it's preventable if we begin from the start of life.
School garden projects are becoming hugely popular. Over 25 percent of public elementary schools include garden-based learning. Do these gardens improve the education and health of young people?
New technologies provide limitless opportunities for getting kids active.
We need children to get hold of their fitness levels - literally.
Action on Sugar doesn't think much of David Cameron's childhood obesity strategy, but will May do any better?
Junk food adverts aimed at kids need to be banned.
Junk food adverts need to be banned near schools and nurseries – our children's lives depend upon it.
School nutrition programmes help reduce the risk of children developing obesity.
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In-school nutrition programmes can reduce the chances of children suffering from childhood obesity.
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George's medicine for health crisis is welcome, but not marvellous.
Why not let children stand and study?
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Aren't there huge health benefits to staying physically active, for adults? Why should it be any different for children?
Weight on young shoulders.
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The World Health Organisation has defined obesity in children as a major threat to public health and the UK government treats it as a high priority. While we know a lot about the problem of childhood obesity…
Nutritious meal inside? Maybe, maybe not.
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Ravenous students, busy parents, nutrition professionals and school officials all have their own ideas about what belongs on the school lunch table. Plenty of criticism centers on the unhealthiness of…
If only kids asked for this every day.
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A fifth of four- to five-year-old children in England are overweight or obese, rising to one third by age ten to 11 years. This stark increase during the primary school years points to the potential contribution…