Pre-packaged foods too salty for young children

March 22, 2013, Red Orbit

By Brett Smith

On average, Americans like their food salty, but it is an affinity that often results in conditions like hypertension and heart disease.

A new study from officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that many pre-packaged children’s food may be giving the youngest Americans an early start when it comes to eating salty foods. They may also be giving these young kids an early start on lifelong health issues as a result of too much sodium in their diet. Continue reading

Antibiotics too soon may set babies up for obesity: Study

Aug. 21, 2012, ABC News

By Dr. Shari Barnett

Giving your baby antibiotics too early may increase their chances of being overweight in childhood, new research suggests.

Specifically, infants exposed to antibiotics during the first six months of their lives are 22 percent more likely to be overweight between the ages of 10 months and 3 years — though their weight tends to return to average by the time they are 7 — according to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity on Aug. 21. Continue reading