Dads Largely Missing from Kids’ Obesity Prevention Research, Why that Matters

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Parents are key when it comes to shaping children’s diet and physical activity. Moms and dads not only model eating, exercise and other health habits, they are also the gatekeepers for what food is served at home and what sports or other activities are available to the family. These influences likely have a profound effect on a child’s weight and therefore their weight as an adult. And kids who grow into adults with obesity are then at a higher risk for many cancers, including colorectal, postmenopausal breast and liver.

But according to a new review published in Pediatricsthere’s little research to understand the specific role that fathers play in a child’s weight. In this review of over 200 childhood obesity prevention trials, fathers represented only 6% of parents involved in the studies. Read more… “Dads Largely Missing from Kids’ Obesity Prevention Research, Why that Matters”

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    How to Choose More Tasty Whole Grains with Your Kids

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    Whole grains can add fantastic flavor and texture to your meals as well as support long-term health. Eating whole grains promotes healthy digestion, can aid in maintaining a healthy weight, and lower your risk of cancer and type 2 diabetes. Clearly, whole grains beat out refined grains for your family’s health any day of the week. Packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals and plant compounds called phytochemicals you can feel good about including them in your family’s diet . So why choose white when you can get the whole health benefits!

    For Cancer Prevention Month, why not challenge yourself to try a new whole grain recipe each week? Have your kids help you explore the endless variety of tasty whole grains!

    Here are some ways to get started:

    • Choose whole grain mac-n-cheese over white flour pasta. You can also boost fiber by adding pureed sweet potato, chopped sautéed cauliflower or peas.

    Read more… “How to Choose More Tasty Whole Grains with Your Kids”

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      AICR HealthTalk: Yo-Yo Dieting, Weight Loss and Health

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      Q: I’ve gone through a lot of yo-yo dieting. Am I better off not trying to lose weight?

      A: Despite headlines from individual studies, research overall supports the idea that people with overweight or obesity can benefit from losing weight. In deciding whether or not now is the time for you to try to lose weight, the important message is to aim for a healthy weight that’s reasonable for you, and keep your focus on creating a long-term healthy lifestyle.

      Weight cycling (sometimes called yo-yo dieting) is the term for repeated patterns of weight loss and regain. On average, about one in six people who are overweight lose 10 percent or more of their weight and maintain that loss.

      At the 2016 AICR Research Conference, Dr. Michael Rosenbaum noted that although weight regain is often attributed to lack of willpower, powerful biologic influences affect body weight. Signals carried through the nervous system reflecting energy stores in body fat cells can trigger changes in appetite and metabolism that support a biological drive to regain weight. Read more… “AICR HealthTalk: Yo-Yo Dieting, Weight Loss and Health”

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