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2013-09-09 20:39:13

Program increased children's sleep time, decreased television watching and reduced weight gain In the battle to reduce childhood overweight and obesity, several in-home factors have been identified as reducing those risks – participation of children in regular family dinners, getting enough sleep and less time watching television or other "screen time." A new study appearing in JAMA Pediatrics describes how a home-based program that helped at-risk families improve household routines was...

2011-11-07 19:47:29

In large study, gains in weight-for-length on infant growth charts predict obesity at age 5 and 10 The growth charts pediatricians use at well-baby visits can predict a baby's risk for obesity later in life, finds a population-based study from Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare. The study, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tracked more than 44,000 babies and found that those who rose two or more major percentiles in...

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2010-03-01 09:55:00

Efforts to prevent childhood obesity should begin far earlier than currently thought"”perhaps even before birth"”especially for minority children, according to a new study that tracked 1,826 women from pregnancy through their children's first five years of life. Most obesity prevention programs"”including the national initiative recently launched by First Lady Michelle Obama"”target kids age 8 and older. Scientists at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute's...

2005-10-03 14:35:00

BOSTON -- New research shows that adolescents who eat large amounts of fried food away from home are heavier and more likely to have a poor-quality diet. Among 14,355 children surveyed over three years, researchers from the Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention (at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care) found that 9 to 14 year olds who increased their consumption of fried food away from home over the course of a year gained weight above the normal rate. This...