UK: Picky toddlers don’t end up nutrient-deficient teens

Toddlers who are picky about their food are not deficient in essential nutrients compared with their peers when they are teenagers.

South Africa: Breastmilk protects babies against infection for life

A mother’s milk can provide lifelong immunity against illness, new research funded by the University of Cape Town and other organisations has shown.

UK: Plain packaging call for sweets and treats

All confectionary, crisps and sugary drinks should have plain packaging like tobacco, a leading think tank has urged.

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)

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.

Great Britain: new guidance on obesity in pregnancy

During pregnancy, women should focus on eating healthily and be supported with advice on diet and the risks of obesity.

England: severe obesity soars in Year 6 children

Severe obesity among 10- and 11-year-olds has increased by more than a third since 2006-07. 

Call for ban on calorific milkshakes

Milkshakes with ‘grotesque’ amounts of sugar and calories should be banned from being sold in high street restaurants, campaigners claim.

New Zealand: overweight mothers more likely to stop breastfeeding

Overweight mothers are more likely than their healthy-weight counterparts to stop breastfeeding in the first week after having a baby, a new study says.

Great Britain: a healthy diet is ‘unaffordable’ to millions of children

Up to 3.7 million children are living in households that cannot afford to eat healthily.

England & Wales: ‘alarming’ rise in children treated for type 2 diabetes

The number of children and young people being treated for type 2 diabetes in England and Wales has gone up from 507 to 715 in four years, new figures show.

Finland: high vitamin D levels linked to lower cholesterol

New research has found a link between higher vitamin D levels and cholesterol levels in primary school children.

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