Waist circumference-to-height ratio predicts adiposity better than body mass index in children and adolescents

July 25, 2013

Source: International Journal of Obesity, 2013, 37 (7), p. 943-46.

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Date of publication: July 2013.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study compared different methods of measuring adiposity in over 2000 children and adolescents to determine their ability to predict body adiposity. Results showed that waist-circumference-to-height-ratio (WCHt) is better than waist circumference (WC) or BMI at predicting adiposity in this group and could be a useful surrogate of body adiposity when skin folds measurements are not available.

Length of publication: 4 pages.

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Childhood obesity may impact on heart health in later life.

October 8, 2012

Source: NHS Choices

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Date of publication: 26th September, 2012.

Publication type: Journal article.

In a nutshell: A closer look at the research behind a recent headline which suggested that obese children are at greater risk of cardiovascular disease as adults.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.

 


Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome and Functional and Structural Brain Impairments in Adolescence

September 7, 2012

Source: Pediatrics, 2012, doi: 10.1542 (early view)

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Date of publication: 3rd September, 2012.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study examines the documented rise in metabolic syndrome in adolescents and its association with obesity. The study found that obese teens who have this syndrome may demonstrate poorer cognitive function, which may be linked to poorer academic performance. The authors suggest that brain function tests should be one of the parameters evaluated when considering treatment of the obese adolescent.

Length of publication: 9 pages


Body satisfaction, weight gain and binge eating among overweight adolescent girls.

July 30, 2012

Source: International Journal of Obesity, 2012, 36 (7), p. 944-949.

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Date of publication: July, 2012.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: Using data from the Growing Up Today Study, this paper examined whether body satisfaction was associated with BMI change and if it protected against the development of binge eating amongst overweight and obese adolescent girls. The authors found that body satisfaction may well protect against excessive weight gain and binge eating, recommending that this issue be addressed in obesity and eating disorder prevention programmes.

Length of publication: 6 pages.

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‘Quick-fix diets drive teens to hate their bodies’

December 1, 2011

 Source: The Independent.

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Dte of publication: 27th November, 2011.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: Following on from recent research conducted by the YMCA looking at body image external pressures felt by individuals, this article looks at the growing trend of companies selling “quick-fix” weight loss plans aimed at exploiting the insecurities of teenagers.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.

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Obesity “worse for teen girls” blood pressure.

October 26, 2011

Title: Obesity “worse for teen girls” blood pressure.

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: 14th October, 2011.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell:  An overview of a recent American Physiological Society conference presentation which suggested that obesity has a greater negative impact upon the cardiovascular health of teenage girls in later life.

Length of publication: 1 webpage.




Families fit for life, Knowsley.

September 12, 2011

Title: Families fit for life, Knowsley.

Source: Local Government Improvement and Development

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Date of publication: 7th September, 2011.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: A look back over a health and fitness programme aimed at  families living in the Knowsley area who experience difficulties and and have children under 5 years of age .  It consists of a mixture of group sessions and home-based support aimed at improving the physical and mental well-being of these families.  The project is due to run until 2012.

Length of publication: 1 page.