Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Medication use higher among overweight, obese kids

According to new research from the University of Alberta, overweight children are far more likely to take prescription medications than children of a normal weight - a trend that adds to already higher health-care costs for treating childhood obesity, .


Researchers said prescription drug expenditures have doubled over the past decade and now account for 17 per cent of health-care costs in Canada - the second highest after hospital expenses. Having a more complete picture helps governments and health-care providers direct spending more effectively.

The study also showed that overweight and obese children were twice as likely to take medication for respiratory ailments such as asthma and allergies.

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Friday, October 5, 2012

TV viewing a cause for children obesity?

Talking about foundation of lifestyle behaviours being established as early as pre-school, a study from the University of Sydney School of Public Health found that nearly half of obese children ate dinner in front of the TV more than three times a week. The study also showed not many parents realise their children have a weight problem.

Seventy percent of parents of overweight kindergarten children thought their child was the 'right weight' and 30 percent of the parents of obese children thought their child was the right weight.
The researchers concluded that the foundation for many lifestyle behaviours is already established by the time children enter school.

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