Australia: Obesity & Exercise Levels

In Australia one in four children are now considered overweight or obese (Salvaire, 2017). In Western Australia, the state average is 6.1% of children aged two to 17 being classed as obese, with 24.6% of adults being classed as obese. In the area including Secret Harbour (where I live), Baldivis, Singleton, and Golden Bay 61%… Read More

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Pregnancy, Obesity & A Mother’s Diet: What About Men?

There is now even more reason to watch our waistlines. A man’s weight seems to influence gene activity in his sperm, which could leave his children predisposed to obesity. So far, research into how obesity passes between generations has focused on mothers and their diet before or during pregnancy. However,  a new study suggests that… Read More

Would More Physical Education Reduce Youth Overweight?

The prevalence of youth overweight has risen dramatically over the past three decades in the U.S. and now represents an epidemic. Since 1970, the fraction of children that are overweight has nearly quadrupled among 6 to 11 year olds and more than doubled among 12 to 19 year olds. Currently, one in six children aged… Read More

Childhood Weight: Nature or Nurture?

A study comparing the weight of biological and adopted children to that of their parents has found that lifestyles, rather than genes, are primarily responsible for the children being overweight (). The researchers, from the Centre for Economic Performance at the School of Economics and Political Science, concluded that policies to influence parents’ lifestyles could… Read More

Research: Kids and Metabolic Syndrome

Research Paper Title Adiponectin in Eutrophic and Obese Children as a Biomarker to Predict Metabolic Syndrome and Each of Its Components. Background Obesity is associated with the rise of non-communicable diseases worldwide. The pathophysiology behind this disease involves the increase of adipose tissue (i.e. fat), being inversely related to adiponectin, but directly related to insulin… Read More