Kids Preschool Eating Habits Determine Likelyhood of Obesity as Teens

New research out of England that is to be published in the journal Paediatrics, indicates that you can predict whether or not your child will be obese as a teenager by knowing their weight at age 5. These finding suggest that the focus on school aged children’s television viewing, computer use, school meals and physical education may not be as relevant as their pre-school eating habits.

The study also compared children today to a group of kids studied 25 years ago and found that there were higher rates of obesity now. The researchers speculate that increased calorie and portion sizes could be to blame. They also state that one in four pre-school aged children in England are overweight.

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Breast cancer and marital problems

A new study to be published in the journal Cancer examined outcomes for breast cancer survivors based on the quality of their marital relationships. They found that marital distress was related to poorer outcomes, both physically and psychologically. The women were assessed following surgery and then every 4 to 6 months for 5 years. Women in distressed relationships recovered more slowly, were more stressed, had more symptoms, and less physical activity than those in positive relationships. These effects remained even after accounting for depressive symptoms related to the cancer diagnosis.

Although this was a small study, the results suggest a need for marital therapy following a cancer diagnosis.

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Anatomy of Cliques (Episode 140)

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Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about the pros and cons of cliques, including:

  • Are all cliques necessarily bad?
  • Why do teenagers join cliques?
  • What happens to kids who spend their time with antisocial friends?
  • What can parents do if their child is rejected by a clique, or if they become connected with an inappropriate group?

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FA028 – Anatomy of Extracurriculars

Doctors Brian and Giuseppe talk about the benefits of after-school activities, and look into over-scheduling kids. Say it with Dr. G: “CO-curricular!”

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