Posts Tagged ‘obesity’

Parenting News: Media & Minority Kids, Mental Illness, Video Games, Obesity, Sexting

By Dad News Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Greater Media Use Found Among Minority Kids: Black and other minority children in the United States spend far more time than white children watching TV and videos, listening to music, using computers and playing video games, new research shows. (HealthDay)

Mental Illness Leading Cause of Disability in Youth: Mental health problems such as depression account for nearly half of all disability among young people between the ages of 10 and 24, according to a new study from the World Health Organization (WHO). (

‘Active’ Video Games May Be Better for Kids’ Weight: Overweight kids might benefit from swapping their traditional video games for “active” ones that get them off the couch, a new study suggests.

Prolonged Bottle Feeding Tied to Kids’ Obesity: Researchers who studied 6,750 U.S. children found that toddlers who were still drinking from bottles at age 2 were one-third more likely than other kids to be obese at the age of 5. (Reuters)

Anthony Weiner and His Teachable Moment: It’s hard to believe, but this spring’s latest lurid scandal can actually be an opportunity for parents. (Washington Post)

Parenting News: Energy Drinks, Breastfeeding and Maternity Leave, Sleep and Obesity, Internet, Education

By Dad News Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Pediatricians: No Energy Drinks For Kids; Greatly Limit Use of Sports Drinks: Most children and adolescents do not need sports drinks according to a clinical report published in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The report also finds that energy drinks are never appropriate for children or teenagers– water should be the primary beverage choice. (

Want to Boost Breast-Feeding Rates? More Maternity Leave is Key: If the United States wants to significantly increase its breast-feeding rates, extending women’s maternity leave would be a good place to start, according to new research published today in the journal Pediatrics. (

More Sleep May Cut Kids’ Risk of Obesity: Youngsters who do not get enough sleep on a regular basis are more likely to be overweight, a new study has found. Conversely, when children got more shut-eye, they had a reduction in body mass index (BMI) and a significant drop in their risk of being overweight, the researchers found. (HealthDay)

Parents Should Screen Kids’ Summer Web Surfing: Expert: As the school year wraps up, many kids will replace class time with cyber time — a trend leading one researcher to caution parents to watch out for online hazards such as “sexting” and cyberbullying. (HealthDay)

Do Schools Share Too Much With Parents?: Student management systems, as they are known in the educational world, began trickling into U.S. schools about 10 years ago. They are now so popular Ann Flynn, director of Education Technology at the National School Boards Association, considers their use “commonplace.”(

Father News: Miscarriage, Breastfeeding, Parenting Styles, and Birth Weight

By Dad News Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

For Many Couples, Toll Of Miscarriage Lingers “…as the months wore on, he became frustrated at what seemed to be her inability to get over it.” (HealthDay)

More Breastfeeding Could Save U.S. Billions: Study What are the cons of breastfeeding? Are there any? (Reuters)

Friends With Different Parenting Styles Add parenting styles with the list of things not to talk about at the dinner table. (NYTimes)

East River Hero Are you a hero if you save your own kid? (Dadwagon)

Expectant Mom’s Exercise Keeps Newborn’s Birth Weight Down “Regular moderate-intensity exercise during pregnancy reduces an infant’s birth weight, which may lower the child’s risk of obesity later in life, researchers say.” (HealthDay)

Parenting News: Snacking, Gary Busey on Fatherhood, Obesity, and BPA Strikes Again

By Dad News Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Risk of Childhood Obesity Higher Among Minorities Many risk factors are prenatal. (Healthday)

BPA May Raise Risk of Asthma in Kids What’s it going to take to ban this stuff? Links to swine flu, super strands of bacteria, earthquakes, melting ice caps? (Healthday)

Snacks Mean US Kids Moving Toward ‘Constant Eating’ Should we have The Biggest Loser for kids? (Reuters)

Gary Busey’s Zen-Like Advice on Fatherhood A few words of wisdom from Gary Busey. (WSJ)

Q&A: Joel Johnson, Tech Blogger & Sexual-Abuse Survivor “For many years during his childhood in Missouri, he was being sexually abused by his stepfather, Glen.” (Dadwagon)