Children of Stressed Parents May Be Prone to Obesity

November 4th, 2015; By: Robert Preidt

Hispanic children are more likely to be obese if their parents have high levels of stress, a new study suggests.

The children's obesity rates rose according to the amount of stress their parents faced -- from 20 percent among kids whose parents had no stress to 34 percent among those whose parents had three or more stress factors. Stress factors included difficulties at work or in a relationship, among others.

After adjusting for other factors such as age, gender, place of birth and neighborhood, the researchers concluded that parents with three or more chronic sources of stress were twice as likely to have obese children than those with no stress.

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Sleep-deprived kids are more tempted by food

August 31st, 2015

Children who don’t get enough sleep might be more tempted by food, a new study suggests.

Five-year-olds who slept less than 11 hours a night were more eager to eat at the sight or reminder of a favorite snack, compared to those who slept longer, researchers reported in the International Journal of Obesity.

The children who slept less than 11 hours at night also had a higher body mass index – a measure of weight in relation to height – than those who slept 11 hours or more. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends 11 to 12 hours of sleep for pre-school children.

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Healthier Diet Linked to Reduced Congenital Heart Defects
Tied to reduced risks of tetralogy of Fallot and atrial septal defects

TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015

(HealthDay News) -- Women who follow a very healthy diet are much less likely than those who eat poorly to have a baby with tetralogy of Fallot or atrial septal defects, according to a study published online Aug. 24 in the Archives of Disease in Childhood-Fetal & Neonatal Edition.

Lorenzo Botto, M.D., a professor of pediatrics and a medical geneticist at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, and colleagues evaluated data from 9,885 mothers of babies born with heart defects, and 9,468 mothers of healthy infants. The babies were born between October 1997 and December 2009, and are part of the larger, federally-funded National Birth Defects Prevention Study, Botto said. Mothers were asked about what they ate in the year prior to their pregnancy. Researchers graded their diet based on the Mediterranean Diet Score and the Diet Quality Index for Pregnancy, which provide positive scores for grains, vegetables, fruits, folate, iron and calcium, and negative scores for calories from fats or sweets.

Mothers who scored in the top 25 percent of dietary quality had a significantly lower risk of having an infant born with a heart defect, compared with those who scored in the bottom 25 percent (odds ratios, 0.63 and 0.77 for tetralogy of Fallot and atrial septal defects, respectively).

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"For parents out there, if you really want to get kids into the kitchen, you really need to let them make a mess and that really helps the creative process."

Toronto-based registered dietitian Cara Rosenbloom started her children — daughter Kasey, now 8, and son Aubrey, 4 — on simple tasks when they were about 2 1/2.

"When your children are preschool age or can follow the tasks that require a little bit of instruction they're ready to cook too," she says, adding it can actually save time in the long run because parents can concentrate on other components of the meal while the kids work.

Brandon Sun