Pester power of children can influence family diet

Children’s ‘pester power’ may help families to eat more healthily at home, says a study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

More overweight and obese children in deprived areas

Overweight and obesity rates in children and adolescents have slightly decreased during the past decade, but risen among those in disadvantaged and deprived areas.

Full-fat dairy not linked to obesity in children

Giving children full-fat milk and dairy products will not increase the risk of obesity or heart disease, a systematic review claims.

Vitamin D lack in mothers associated with ADHD in children

Low levels of maternal vitamin D in early pregnancy are associated with an increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, according to a study.

Scotland: classroom obesity - a growing problem

The obesity inequality gap among Scottish school pupils is continuing to grow, with almost a quarter of children now starting school at risk of being overweight or obese.

Northern Ireland: children are eating seven times more treats than recommended limit

Children are eating seven times more unhealthy foods such as crisps, biscuits and sweets than they should be, a report shows.

Eating fish reduces risk of child eczema and asthma

Children should be introduced to fish or cod liver oil from about a year old, research suggests, after showing that those who ate fish early had a significantly reduced risk of eczema, wheezing and asthma.

Norway: Infant gluten intake raises risk of type 1 diabetes

A child’s intake of gluten at age 18 months is linked to their risk of later developing type 1 diabetes, new research suggests.

Sugar drops off shopping lists

The amount of sugar in everyday foods is falling, according to Public Health England (PHE).

Sweden: Study connects risk of developing coeliac disease to the amount of gluten children consume

The risk of developing coeliac disease is connected to the amount of gluten consumed by children genetically predisposed to the condition. 

Canada: Energetic play in early childhood can keep heart healthy in later life

Physical activity in children as young as three can prevent early risk indicators that lead to adult heart disease, research has found.

Scotland: Government targets child weight-management inequality with £1.7m boost for health boards

The Scottish Government is giving £1.7m to health boards as part of its push to reduce the number of overweight under-18s by half by 2030.

England: Change4Life highlights wellbeing boost from exercise

Change4Life, a campaign run by Public Health England (PHE), is highlighting the positive impact of exercise on wellbeing with the launch of Disney-inspired short bursts of activity.

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.

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