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UK Parents Overfeeding Their Children, Survey Shows

Education News – Grace Smith

“Researchers have found yet another cause for the obesity epidemic among young children in the United Kingdom. The Infant and Toddler Forum (ITF) commissioned a survey of 1,000 parents and discovered that 79% of 1- to 4-year-olds are regularly being fed food portions that are more than the recommended amount of food for their age. The survey showed that many parents are unaware that a great deal of pre-portioned food products are sized for adults. The ITF has warned that parents are unknowingly overfeeding their children or giving kids adult-sized meals which are contributing to the chances of childhood weight problems.”(more)

Physical Fitness and Sports: 14 Ways for Kids to Increase Physical Fitness and Awareness

U.S. Dept. of Education – Staff Writer

“May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Let’s Move! reports that nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. Lifestyles that include physical activity and good nutrition will help keep kids on the path to a more healthy and productive future. National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great time to help kids become more aware of the fact that physical activity and eating well promote a healthy lifestyle.”(more)

Kids Who Choose Sugary Foods Over Salty at Risk for Weight Gain

Education News – Grace Smith

“Young children who crave sweet treats rather than salty snacks are at higher risk to experience weight gain, according to a new study…the findings suggest that there are some people who may have a genetic predisposition to having a sweet tooth. This gene can result in the likelihood of gaining unhealthy weight…Pamela Reichert-Anderson of Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY explained that there are ways for parents to curb overeating by a child who begs for sweets.”(more)

If parents see their kids as overweight, they’re more likely to be so

WTVR – CNN Wire

“One way health programs today are trying to reduce the growing problem of childhood obesity in the United States is by making parents aware that their child is overweight. The thinking is they can take steps to help their child eat more healthily and exercise more. But a new study has turned that thinking on its head. Researchers found that young children were actually more likely to gain weight during childhood if their parents thought they were overweight…Angelina R. Sutin, who led the research, believes the reason behind this could be that parents who thought their children were overweight, regardless of whether they actually were, could have been limiting how much their kids ate and the kids could have rebelled by eating more. Alternatively, these parents may have shamed their children about their weight, which could have led them to overeat or avoid physical activity. Neither possibility could be tested with the data available from the Australian study, Sutin added.”(more)

‘Grading and Labeling’ Not Viable Solutions to Obesity, Study Shows

Education News – Grace Smith

“A study has been released in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concerning the effects of student body-mass index report cards, which are currently issued in many schools across the country, that shows ‘grading’ obesity levels accomplishes little. New York City public schools began providing students with these BMI assessments a decade ago, hoping that the information would spur the fight against the obesity epidemic in the country’s largest school system. The results indicated that those girls who were over the average weight thresholds had not lost weight…In recent years, child obesity in the US has remained static and has even declined among preschoolers. But over one-third of young people and adolescents across the country were obese or overweight in 2012, according to information from the CDC.”(more)

UK Committee Recommends Sugary Drink Tax to Reduce Obesity

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A new report released by a committee of British lawmakers is pushing for additional measures to be taken in an effort to decrease the level of childhood obesity in the country, including levying a 20% tax on sugary drinks. The report suggests that “clear evidence” is available that shows that the suggested tax would reduce the sale of sugary drinks, which currently make up 40% of the sugar that children between the ages of 11 and 18 consume. The 20% sugar tax is being considered by the government as one of many measures that aim to decrease the level of childhood obesity. Committee chairwoman Sarah Wollaston noted that by the time they finish primary school, about one-third of students are considered overweight or obese.”(more)