Study links childhood obesity to cancer in adults

July 25, 2012, The Jerusalem Post

By Judy Siegel-Itzkovich

Tel Aviv University researchers have found a connection between obesity in childhood and colon or bladder cancer in adulthood. The risk for these malignant tumors is 40 percent higher in adults who were overweight as children.

Dr. Adi Leiba, Prof. Arnon Afek and Dr. Ari Shamiss of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, together with researchers from the IDF’s medical corps and the Hadassah Medical Organization, just published their study in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Continue reading

Strategies for population-level obesity prevention for children

For those who may be interested in current obesity best practices for children, the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a review providing a summary of population-level intervention strategies for preventing and controlling childhood obesity. Continue reading

Minnesota hospital group releases infographic, report

July 16, 2012, Kids’ Health Blog

The Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota developed an infographic titled “The Weight of Childhood Obesity.” The graphic cites statistics and preventive measures from multiple sources, including the Minnesota Department of Education, Health, Human Services and Public Safety, various journals, and the Institute of Medicine. Continue reading

Study establishes link between screen time and specific measures of physical fitness

July 16, 2012, TIME

By Alexandra Sifferlin

The more TV kids watch in early life, the thicker they get around the waistline and the weaker their muscle strength, a new study finds.

It’s no secret that watching TV is linked with some unhealthy outcomes in kids — previous studies have found that children who watch more television are more likely to eat junk food, have trouble sleeping and become obese — but the new study, published in BioMed Central’s open access journal International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, establishes a link between screen time and specific measures of physical fitness. Continue reading

How effective are anti-obesity campaigns?

July 9, 2012, Boston Globe

By Kay Lazar

Mary Regan has witnessed a transformation outside the front door of her Union Square office in Somerville — new “corrals” provide more parking spaces for bicyclists, angled parking has replaced parallel parking for cars to keep doors from flying open into bicycle lanes, and those lanes have been freshly painted. Continue reading

Most kids don’t get enough PE, says study

July 10, 2012, CNN

Most schools in the United States are not offering children the suggested amount of physical education, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by Bryan McCullick, a kinesiology professor at the University of Georgia, examined all 50 of the United States and found six states where elementary schools followed recommended physical education guidelines. Two states followed the guidelines at the middle school level, and no states had strong enough regulations at the high school level. Continue reading

JHGCCO releases second round RFA for rapid response studies

The Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity (JHGCCO) released its second round Request for Applications (RFA) on July 1, awarding research grants for “rapid response” studies.

JHGCCO seeks to jumpstart systems-oriented childhood obesity research in a rapidly-changing physical or policy environment by supporting rapid response projects — opportune pilot and feasibility projects with timelines that would not allow funding through the regular NIH review cycles. Continue reading

AJPM Childhood Obesity Challenge

Are you or someone you know working on an effective project that addresses childhood obesity? The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) wants to hear about it.

AJPM announced the opening of the “Childhood Obesity Challenge,” an online competition designed to provide new and creative solutions to this public health crisis. The Challenge is open to individuals or teams from any sector, Continue reading

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force finds the benefit of behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthy diet and physical activity is small

In a recent recommendation statement, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced that behavioral counseling to promote a healthy diet and exercise was not very effective in improving health outcomes among adults without hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, or cardiovascular disease. The USPSTF recommends that clinicians should selectively counsel patients rather than offering counseling to all patients. Continue reading

New brief summarizes research on physical activity in after-school programs

Nearly one in three young people in the United States are overweight or obese and lack of physical activity contributes to the epidemic.

Leading public health officials recognize after-school programs as an important setting for promoting physical activity and preventing obesity. In recent years, 14 states have adopted policies and national standards have been developed to help increase the amount of physical activity children accumulate while attending after-school programs, but many of this standards and policies lack clearly defined benchmarks. Continue reading