Study: Childhood obesity linked to more health problems than previously thought

Jan. 15, 2013, SciTech Daily

By analyzing data on over 43,000 children between the ages 10 and 17, new research from UCLA shows that obese children are at nearly twice the risk of having three or more reported medical, mental, or developmental conditions as compared to kids who are not overweight.

While a great deal of research on childhood obesity has spotlighted the long-term health problems that emerge in adulthood, a new University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) study focuses on the condition’s immediate consequences and shows that obese youngsters are at far greater risk than had been supposed.

Compared to kids who are not overweight, obese children are at nearly twice the risk of having three or more reported medical, mental or developmental conditions, the UCLA researchers found. Overweight children had a 1.3 times higher risk. Continue reading

UCLA project to promote healthy nutrition and physical activity

Oct. 8, 2012, News-Medical.net

Researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have been awarded a $20 million federal grant to further their innovative efforts to curb obesity. …

The UCLA project, rather than requiring busy, stressed individuals in low-resource neighborhoods to seek out physical activity and nutrient-rich foods, will engage them as “captive” audiences in settings they already frequent – including schools, offices and churches – making healthier options a default that can only be avoided with effort or by “opting out.” Continue reading