Thursday, March 13, 2008
The startling rise in obesity rates in North America over the past two
decades has led to calls for more effective approaches to help people achieve
healthy weights. The State of the Evidence Review on Urban Health and Healthy
Weights, recently released, synthesizes the findings of hundreds of population
health studies published over the years and shines a spotlight on aspects of our
urban environments that can either inhibit or promote our ability to maintain a
"Two key areas we looked at were economic environments and built
environments--meaning the ways in which the neighbourhoods and the cities in
which we live are planned and developed," said Kim Raine, director of the
University of Alberta's Centre for Health Promotion Studies and lead author of
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
This simply adds to the growing health and social problems of childhood obesity and is avoidable in the live of so many kids.
The growing rates of child obesity in the United States may be causing girls to
reach puberty at an increasingly younger age, a study released Monday concluded.
After following 354 girls, University of Michigan researchers found those who were fatter at age 3 and continued to gain weight reached puberty, as defined by breast development, by age 9.
Earlier evidence has shown that girls are entering puberty at younger ages than they were 30 years ago.