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Poor Diet Linked to Multiple Sclerosis Relapse in Children

Fatty diets increase the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) relapses in children, according to a study published online in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, & Psychiatry.

Obesity Pandemic Continues

Obesity rates continue to rise throughout the world and have more than doubled in 70 countries, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Publishes Stance on Vegan and Vegetarian Diets

Vegetarian and vegan diets are healthful, may prevent and treat chronic diseases, and are better for the environment, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of nutrition professionals.

Childhood Obesity Leads to Hypertension

Childhood obesity may lead to hypertension later in life, according to a study published online in Pediatrics.

Cholesterol Levels High in U.S. Children and Adolescents

One in 5 children in the United States has high cholesterol, according to a report published by the National Center for Health Statistics.

Heart Disease Detected in Obese Children

Obese children may show signs of heart disease as young as 8 years old, according to an abstract presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Fla.

Access to Healthful Food Improves Childhood Bone Development

Access to healthful food outlets improves bone mass in children, according to a study published in Osteoporosis International.

Three-Year-Old Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes

A 3-year-old girl was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in what is believed to be one of the youngest cases of the disease ever documented, as presented in a case study at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Stockholm, Sweden.

Vast Majority of Parents Support Healthy School Lunches

The vast majority of parents surveyed in a new Pew Charitable Trust poll support healthy school meal standards in the National School Lunch Program.

Breastfeeding Promotes Intelligence

Babies who are breastfed grow up to have a higher IQ, higher level of education, and a higher income, according to a new study published in The Lancet. Researchers in Brazil followed 5,914 neonates for the past three decades.

Plant-Based Diets Lower Risk of Heart Disease in Obese Children

Vegan diets reduce the risk of heart disease in obese children, according to a study published online in the Journal of Pediatrics. Researchers led by Michael Macknin, M.D., of the Cleveland Clinic compared a plant-based diet with an American Heart Association diet in 28 overweight children along with one parent of each child. Those who followed the plant-based diet excluded added fat and animal products and focused on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Childhood Obesity Associated with Serious Heart Problems

Childhood Obesity Associated with Serious Heart Problems, according to a new study published by the American College of Cardiology.

Childhood Obesity Increases Risk of Heart Disease in Adulthood

Heart disease in adults begins in childhood, according to an article published in this month's issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Obesity Among Children Increases

The prevalence of overweight and obesity among children age 2 to 19 years has steadily increased over the last decade, according to a new study analyzing data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

Marketing Junk Food Still Prevalent in Schools

Exposure to junk food is still a problem in schools, according to a study published online this week in JAMA Pediatrics.

Children Develop Ideas about "Good" and "Bad" Foods Early

Children develop ideas about whether foods are healthful or not at an early age, according to a study published in the journal Appetite.

Red Meat Not a Healthful Iron Source for Infants

Feeding infants red meat is unnecessary and possibly harmful, according to a new paper by Ulka Agarwal, M.D., director of clinical research for the Physicians Committee.

Exercise Does Not Determine Children's Body Weight

Physical activity does not influence preschoolers' weight, according to a new study from Germany.

Low-Fat Milk Does Not Prevent or Reverse Childhood Obesity

The choice of low-fat over whole milk does not lower obesity rates in children, according to a new study published in Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Nearly a Quarter of U.S. Teens Have Diabetes or Prediabetes

The prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes among teens is up from 9 percent in 1999-2000 to 23 percent in 2007-2008, according to a new study published in Pediatrics.

Dairy Products Do Not Promote Bone Health

Dairy products and calcium do not prevent stress fractures, according to a new study published in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Latest Statistics on America's Overweight Population

More than two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in the United States are overweight or obese, according to data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

Mom's Yogurt Puts Baby at Risk for Asthma

Pregnant women who eat yogurt may put their future children at risk for developing asthma, according to new research in Denmark.

Physical Inactivity Does Not Cause Weight Gain in Children

Lack of physical activity is not the cause of weight gain in children, according to a study in Archives of Diseases in Childhood.

More Meat Consumption Leads to Earlier Puberty for Girls

According to a new study, girls who eat the most meat products during childhood may have an earlier occurrence of puberty, increasing their risks of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis.

What's Contributing to Obesity? Oils, Meat, Cheese, Ice Cream

An increase in childhood obesity reflects increased intake of oils, meat, cheese, and frozen desserts, according to a new PCRM study that will be published next month in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Soy Intake in Childhood Reduces Breast Cancer Risk Later in Life

A new study looking at more than 1,500 Asian-American women living in California and Hawaii showed that those with the highest intake of soy during childhood (younger than 12 years old) had a 60 percent lower risk of developing breast cancer later in life.

Consumption of Smoked and Cured Meat Linked to Leukemia

A new study shows that consumption of cured and smoked meat and fish is correlated to the risk of leukemia, the most common form of cancer in children, while higher consumption of vegetables and bean-curd is associated with reduced risk.

Overweight and Obese Teens More Likely to Die of Chronic Disease

A study in today's American Journal of Epidemiology found that people who were obese or overweight in adolescence were three to four times as likely to have died of heart disease by middle age as compared with their thinner peers.

Western Diet Linked to Birth Defects

A new study from the Netherlands that analyzed the diets of 381 mothers found that a Western diet is linked to birth defects.

Higher IQs Lead to Vegetarian Diets

A new study shows that children with higher IQs are more likely to become vegetarians.

Calcium Supplements Fail to Improve Children's Bone Health

A new analysis shows little benefit to using calcium supplements to improve bone health in children.

Children With Diabetes Face Higher Risks

A newly published Journal of the American Medical Association study finds that individuals diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in childhood are more likely to end up with kidney disease and increased death rates, compared with those diagnosed in adulthood.

Eat Beans Weigh Less

A presentation at the recent Experimental Biology Conference revealed that people who include beans in their diets have healthier diets overall, lower body weights, and reduced risk of obesity.

Poor Intrauterine Nutrition Linked to Risk of Schizophrenia

Infants exposed to inadequate nutrition during intrauterine growth are twice as likely to develop schizophrenia in later life, compared to other individuals, according to researchers in Shanghai reporting in tomorrow's Journal of the American Medical Association.