Childhood obesity: 10 of your stories.

October 8, 2012

Source: BBC News

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Date of publication: 2nd October, 2012.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: 10 adults look back on their experiences as overweight children and how this has affected them and shaped their attitudes towards food throughout their lives.

Length of publication: 1 wepbage.

 

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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


‘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.




Show your support for school cooking lessons.

July 7, 2011

Title: Show your support for school cooking lessons.

Source: Our Life.

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Date of publication: 16th June, 2011.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: An Early Day Motion, “EDM 1816: Practical Cooking Lessons in Schools”, has been tabled by MP Zac Goldsmith to ensure that mandatory cookery lessons remain part of the secondary school curriculum.   Our Life is calling upon all North West MPs to back this move as part of the battle against unhealthy eating in the UK, arguing that these lessons provide children with the opportunity to acquire valuable skills and knowledge with regard to healthy eating choices.

Length of publication: 1 page.


 


Junk food adverts should be banned before watershed.

July 7, 2011

Title: Junk food adverts should be banned before watershed.

Source: The Telegraph.

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Date of publication: 7th July 2011.

Publication type: News item.

In a nutshell: This article reports on a recent study by Liverpool University’s Institute of Psychology, Health & Society which examined the food preferences of children in North West England.  The study found that young children are more likely to choose fattening and sugary foods after viewing commercials for unhealthy snacks.  The study suggested that the introduction of a watershed for screening such commercials should be considered.

Length of publication: 1 page.

Some important notes: Follow this link to read the abstract of the original research paper.  Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.



Video game playing increases food intake in adolescents: a randomized crossover study.

June 6, 2011

Title: Video game playing increases food intake in adolescents: a randomized crossover study.

Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2011, 93 (6) p.1196-1203.

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Date of publication: May 2011.

Publication type: Research.

In a nutshell: This study examines the link between food intake, obesity and sedentary video game playing in healthy male adolescents.  The findings suggest that although energy expenditure was significantly higher during game play than in a resting state, increased food intake after game playing was noted and was not compensated for through the rest of the day.

Length of publication: 8 pages.

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