Mothers’ monitoring of media tied to kids’ weight

March 17, 2014, Reuters

By Andrew M. Seaman

Children whose mothers pay close attention to how much time they spend watching TV and playing video games tend to weigh less, according to a new study.

Researchers found that mothers who were more active in their media supervision had children who were thinner at age 7 and who gained less weight over the next few years.

“At this point we can say there is an association but we cannot say exactly why,” Stacey Tiberio, the study’s lead author from the Oregon Social Learning Center in Eugene, told Reuters Health. Continue reading

Preschool obesity and food insecurity link

Jan. 31, 2013, UPI.com

U.S. children whose early years were spent in food insecurity and who have obese mothers are more likely to be obese in preschool, researchers say.

Study leader Elizabeth Metallinos-Katsaras of the Department of Nutrition at the Simmons College School of Nursing and Health Sciences in Boston said the research is based on analysis of more than 28,300 low-income children participating in a publicly funded health and nutrition program in Massachusetts, from 2001 to 2006. Continue reading