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.

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.

USA: browbeating picky eaters makes no difference to behaviour or weight

Pressuring fussy children to eat food they dislike does not change their behaviour or their weight, a study has found.

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Nutrition Module 1: Vitamin D status of young children

The importance of vitamin D has come to the fore in recent years leading to frequent discussion...

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Nutrition Module 2: Age-appropriate weaning foods

Weaning practices have changed frequently over the years whether due to trends or in response to new evidence – leaving families and sometimes health professionals unsure of the latest guidance.

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