CHICAGO (AP) -- New research suggests that the odds of obesity are stacked against black and Hispanic kids even before they are born.
The findings help explain disproportionately high obesity rates in minority children. The study's authors say family income is often a factor, but so are cultural customs and beliefs.
They looked at circumstances that can increase chances of obesity. These include mothers smoking during pregnancy, and eating and sleeping habits in infancy. A separate study found inflammation markers in obese children as young as 3 years old. These markers are linked with heart disease in adults. Their meaning in kids so young is uncertain. The studies are being published Monday in Pediatrics.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.