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Tackling childhood obesity using structured play times

Medical X-Press – Todd Devlin

“How important is physical activity in children under 5? It’s a question Trish Tucker, a professor in the School of Occupational Therapy, tackles on a daily basis. She’s currently involved in a major research project that aims to get young children moving – early and often. The childhood obesity rate in Canada has increased significantly over the last several years. But it’s more than a recent trend. According to the federal government, obesity rates among children and youth have nearly tripled over the last 30 years. The negative impacts – on the individual and on the health-care system – can be significant. Obese children are more likely to become obese adults, and they’re at a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and other cardiovascular illnesses. One of the major factors cited is a lack of physical activity. Government of Canada statistics show only 9 per cent of children and youth, aged 5 to 17, get the recommended 60 minutes a day of moderate to intense physical activity. It’s clear addressing the issue early is key.”(more)

Sugar is the ‘alcohol of the child,’ says children’s health expert

CBC – Staff Writer

“A children’s health expert in the United States says families should watch their consumption of sugar during breakfast — and calls it the “alcohol of the child.” Dr. Robert Lustig, a harsh critic of sugar consumption, says between breakfast cereals and juices, many children are eating far too much added sugar every morning.”(more)

Teens ‘drink enough sugar for cola bath’

BBC – Staff Writer

“UK teenagers drink enough sugar every year to fill a bathtub with fizzy cola, a Cancer Research UK study suggests. The charity looked at data from the 2015 national diet survey and found children of all ages were consuming too much sugar in drinks, although there had been an improvement on 2014. Drinks are teenagers’ main source of added sugar, and too much can lead to obesity and health problems.”(more)

Fat, sugar, salt intake up significantly in past 100 years

Midland Reporter-Telegram – Blythe Awtrey

“June is National Fruit and Vegetable Month, and oh, how I love to eat my fruit and vegetables. To encourage your children and grandchildren to eat them, you can be a role model by eating fruits and vegetables yourself. Consuming a whole food plant-based diet will help protect you and your children from common chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity and breast and colon cancers. You can even reverse already-established cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension. Did you know that 30 years ago Type 2 diabetes did not exist in children? Today, about 208,000 American children under 20 are estimated to have been diagnosed with diabetes…Create a culture of health in your home for you and your family. Please consider the following recommendations:”(more)

World Health Day 2016: Let’s Beat Diabetes

The Huffington Post – Margaret Chan

“The World Health Organization will celebrate its birthday on April 7th — World Health Day. But this year, not with cake. The traditional birthday cake will be replaced by healthier options, like fruit, and a call to action to tackle diabetes…Diabetes is a disease characterised by elevated blood glucose levels. Most people with diabetes have the type 2 form of the disease, which is largely caused by unhealthy eating and lack of physical activity…At the World Health Assembly in 2013, governments committed to halt the rise of diabetes by 2025, but we are clearly not on track. Policies are needed to improve people’s access to affordable, healthy foods and to opportunities for physical activity, to influence patterns of diet and physical activity across whole populations.”(more)

Physically Unfit Teens More Prone To Develop Type 2 Diabetes

Chronicle Council – Adam Martin

“Scientists from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found that lack of fitness in teen years is strongly associated with a high risk of being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes later in life. Study authors also found that the risk was similar in all participants regardless of their weight. The study revealed a link between poor muscle strength and physical fitness in youth and an above average risk of developing diabetes in adulthood.”(more)