Mom’s obesity tied to higher risk of preemies

June 11, 2013, Reuters

By Genevra Pittman

Pregnant women who are overweight or obese are more likely to give birth prematurely, according to a new study from Sweden.

Researchers found that link was strongest for babies born the earliest – between 22 and 27 weeks – and therefore most at risk of complications.

“This study suggests that there is a direct association between maternal overweight and obesity during pregnancy and the risk of preterm birth,” said Dr. Muktar Aliyu, who has studied pregnancy risks at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn. Continue reading

Longer gym class periods reduce childhood obesity

May 20, 2013, Medical Daily

By Ashik Siddique

More time in gym class actually does reduce the likelihood that young children will become obese, according to a new study published in the Journal of Health Economics. The findings are some of the first evidence that physical education (P.E.) directly impacts the weight of elementary school children, say the researchers.

Organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have been advocating for longer gym class periods for some time, recommending that children under the age of 17 should spend at least one hour per day in some kind of physical activity. Continue reading