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  1. Rates of Childhood Obesity Fall Slightly

    Dec. 25, 2012 -- New data suggest that we may have turned an important corner in the childhood obesity epidemic. While rates of obesity and extreme obesity in preschoolers rose from 1998 to 2003, they began to plateau soon thereafter. And childhood obesity rates decreased slightly in 2010. "We are v

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  2. Low Vitamin D More Common in Overweight Kids

    Dec. 24, 2012 -- Overweight and obese children and teens are more likely to have low vitamin D levels than kids with healthy weights, a new study suggests. The study is published in Pediatrics. Vitamin D is essential for bone health. Bone growth is high during childhood and adolescence. So it may be

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  3. 2 Cups of Milk a Day Optimal for Most Preschoolers

    Dec. 17, 2012 -- Milk is an important source of vitamin D and calcium in young children’s diets. But drinking more than two glasses a day may lower how much iron is stored in their bodies, raising the risk for anemia, a new study suggests. When researchers looked at daily milk intake as it related t

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  4. Healthy Snacks Help Kids Fight Obesity

    Dec. 17, 2012 -- Healthy snacks including veggies and cheese can help take the edge off of kids’ between-meal hunger pangs, and may help put a dent in rates of childhood obesity. In a new study, children who were given cheese and vegetables as a snack ate 72% fewer calories than children who snacked

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  5. More Salt in Kids' Diets May Mean More Obesity

    Dec. 10, 2012 -- Limiting children’s salt intake could be one way to reduce childhood obesity, new research suggests. The study of more than 4,200 Australian children 2 to 16 years old found that those who ate more salt also drank more fluids, particularly sugar-sweetened beverages -- namely soda, f

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  6. Social Media May Help Fight Childhood Obesity

    Dec. 4, 2012 -- Kids and teens increasingly keep in touch through social media, and all that texting, tweeting, and online networking can be a powerful tool for combating childhood obesity, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). In a newly released statement, the group calls for more res

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  7. Simple Formula Predicts Obesity Risk at Birth

    Nov. 28, 2012 -- A simple formula that can be done soon after birth may help identify infants at high risk for becoming obese in childhood, researchers say. The formula calculates childhood obesity risk based on variables that include the baby’s birth weight, both parents’ body mass index (BMI), whe

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  8. Sharp Rise in Kids' Injuries in 'Bouncy Castles'

    Nov. 26, 2012 -- The number of kids sent to emergency rooms after being hurt on blow-up bouncy castles or houses jumped sharply from 1995 to 2010.   And the annual rate doubled between 2008 and 2010, according to research in Pediatrics. A child in the U.S. is sent to the ER after being injured in a

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  9. Unsafe Toy List: Dora Guitar, Dora Backpack, More

    Nov. 21, 2012 -- A too-loud Dora guitar and a lead-filled robot top the annual list of unsafe toys from the Public Interest Research Group, a nonprofit consumer watchdog. This year's PIRG "Trouble in Toyland" report focuses on the specific dangers: Noisy toys that damage hearing; toys' small parts t

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  10. Sun Safety: Expert Q&A

    Pediatric dermatologist Andrea Cambio, MD, of Cape Coral, Fla., provides answers to your questions about staying safe in the sun. If using a lotion, one ounce, enough to fill a shot glass, is considered the amount to cover the exposed areas of the body properly. Be liberal with the application; most

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