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  Young & Obese

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 | In Lifestyle | Tags: , ,

Young & Obese
~ Young & Obese ~

Fat children who get help early see a slimmer future. Weight-loss programmes can help even very young children slim down and it appears that acting early may improve the odds of success, according to two European studies. Excessive pounds in childhood often stay into adulthood, where they have been linked to heart disease, diabetes and other health problems. In one study, which appeared in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, scientists in the Netherlands found that heavy three to five year olds saw continued benefits from a weight-loss intervention at least several months after it ended.

A report from Sweden showed that overweight and obese children under 10 were much more likely to have slower weight gain than were adolescents getting similar behavioral treatments. What they are showing is a pretty consistent trend that if we were to intervene early, we could really have an effect on changing the trajectory of weight gain in children. There is mounting evidence that paying attention to young children may be a promising way to stem the global obesity epidemic.

The Dutch researchers studies 75 heavy children who had been randomly assigned to either usual care or an intensive weight-loss programme that lasted four months and involved 25 sessions with dietary advice, exercise and for the parents behavioral counseling. A year after the study began, children in the intervention group had gained 1.9kg on average and those who got usual care had added another 3kg.
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  Ten ideas to get your kids to eat their veggies

Sunday, December 1st, 2013 | In Lifestyle | Tags: , ,

Ten ideas to get your kids to eat their veggies
~ Ten ideas to get your kids to eat their veggies ~

To make getting more vegetables in your kids’ diet in your 2012 resolution and succeed with help from Brian Wansink, the director of New York’s Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, who headed up a study of the best way to get your children to eat more vegetables.

Here, he shares 10 powerful tips for encouraging your children to eat their veggies:
1. Model your veggies: if you eat your veggies then your kids will eat theirs too. Research suggests the chances a child eats recommended amounts of healthy foods double if their parents do.

2. Stock the freezer: Try fresh vegetables in frozen form to get your kids’ favorite vegetables all year around. Kids love carrots, corn and peppers – all easy-to-prep options to keep in your “frozen pantry”.

3. Give kids a choice: Just giving kids a couple of options could mean more veggies. Kids may prefer carrots to celery (they choose carrots 90% of the time, in a recent study) but when the choice was offered, they ate 18% more than when carrots were the only option.

4. Power kids’ plates: Help kids create their own veggie-powered plate; fill half the plate with fruits and veggies. The plate size (and even design) can affect how much kids eat. Research shows that large plates and certain plate designs can cause people to take an extra 20% or more without knowing it.

5. Play the name game: Several school studies have shown that veggie sales increase as much as 27% after carrots become “X-Ray vision carrots” and broccoli turns into “broccoli bites”. Come up with your own veggie names, or challenge the family to “name that vegetable”.
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  Trans fats shrinking the brain

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 | In Knowledge | Tags: ,

Trans fats shrinking the brain
~ Trans fats shrinking the brain ~

If you want to maintain your mental health in old age and ward off cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s, avoid the frozen pizza and eat the vegetables.

In a study that published in the online issue of Neurology, which looked at the dietary role of ageing gracefully, researchers at Oregon Health and Science University found that people who consumed diets high in trans fats were most likely to have brain shrinkage and scored lower on thinking and memory tests, compared to people who followed a healthy diet, low in trans fats and high in vitamins.

Trans fats are found primarily in frozen, packaged, fast foods, backed goods and margarine spreads. Conversely, people who followed diets that were high in a range of vitamin like C, D, E and B or omega-3 fatty acids were less likely to have brain shrinkage and scored higher on mental thinking tests.

Scientists also scanned the brains of 42 participants to measure brain volume and found that those who had vitamin levels had larger brains, while those with high trans fats were prone to shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s.
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  Preventing strokes

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 | In Health | Tags: ,

Preventing strokes
~ Preventing strokes ~

Hardening of the arteries can cause calcium particles to shoot into the brain and block the smaller blood vessels. Strokes follow close behind cancer and heart disease as among the main causes of death in the developed countries. According to medical experts assisting stroke patients, 85% of cases result from poor blood flow to the brain. This is frequently caused by hardening of the arteries or arteriosclerosis.

The two carotid arteries supply the brain with blood, dividing it over smaller blood vessels. Calcification or the depositing of a variety of substances like cholesterol, tissue, blood cells and calcium salts, could lead to a reduction in the amount of blood flowing to the brain. This is not necessarily dangerous as other arteries can make up the shortfall; however, the second problem is that the narrowing results in greater pressure arising in the obstructed artery that can send calcium particles shooting into the brain, where they block the smaller blood vessels and this may result in a stroke.

Deposits in the blood vessels increase in most people over the years. The process can be delayed by a healthy lifestyle, including exercise and a low-fat diet. With people without other risk factors, this sort of prevention is usually adequate. But there are other factors putting certain patients at greater risk, including metabolic malfunction, high blood pressure, diabetes, overweight, smoking and genetic predisposition. Things get serious when several of these factors are combined. Diabetics who smoke put themselves at more than twice the risk. Medication and a change in lifestyle can help to control arteriosclerosis if it is discovered in the early stages. Medications to reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and where necessary, thin the blood are used to smooth the artery walls, facilitating proper blood flow and preventing the release of deposits.
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