USA: more water cuts children’s intake of sugary drinks

A US study has found that one in five children and young people do not drink any water on a given day, and that this is associated with consuming extra sugar and calories from sweetened drinks.

Canada: gestational diabetes linked to child diabetes risk

Children born to mothers with gestational diabetes could be at increased risk of type 1 diabetes themselves.

Great Britain: Child food poverty inquiry calls for watchdog

An inquiry into childhood food poverty has called for an independent children’s food watchdog to be established in the UK to lead change.

Northern Ireland: diabetes prevention programme launches

A programme to tackle the increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes has been launched by the Public Health Agency (PHA)

Spain: mother’s diet modulates ADHD risk

What a mother eats during pregnancy could affect her child’s risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), suggests new research.

USA: adversity in early life disrupts gut microbes linked to brain function

A study has linked disruption of a child’s gastrointestinal microbiome, triggered by early-life adversity, with emotional health. 

Scotland: think again about ‘going large’

Food Standards Scotland has launched a #NoToUpsizing campaign to remind people that upping their portion sizes when eating out could harm their health.

Unfit for life?

Physical inactivity among the UK’s children is at crisis point. What can be done? Journalist Georgina Wintersgill reports.

India: free lunch boosts children’s test scores

Primary school children given free school lunches have significantly better learning outcomes.

Ireland: screen use and obesity linked to short-sightedness in children

Sedentary lifestyle, obesity, heavy use of screens and reduced daylight are making short-sightedness in children more likely, researchers have found.

UK: parents support watershed for junk food ads

The public supports tougher restrictions on junk food advertising, including a 9pm watershed, according to the results of a survey published by Obesity Health Alliance (OHA).

Wales: lesson plans to teach young people healthy messages

Encouraging young people to take responsibility for their health is now easier with the launch of an online resource containing lesson plans and practical information for those who deliver key public health messages.

Northern Ireland: online tool helps patients self-manage health

An online tool has been launched by the health service to help people in Northern Ireland self-manage their illnesses.

Wales: keeping people active to fight against obesity

The Welsh Government is consulting on a programme of action to tackle obesity, branded the ‘greatest public health challenge facing our generation’ by health minister Vaughan Gething.

Germany: maternal stress linked with childen being overweight

A mother’s high stress levels during her child’s first year of life will probably lead to her child developing a higher body mass index in the first five years of its life.

UK: BMI remains useful gauge of obesity

The body mass index (BMI) remains useful for assessing obesity and health, despite criticism that it cannot distinguish fat from lean mass, a study suggests.

England: children exceed healthy sugar limit by age 10

The average child has already exceeded the maximum sugar intake recommended for an 18-year-old by the time they turn 10, says Public Health England.

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