Children are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables if they see their parents eating the foods and the items are readily available, even in homes where family meals are not the norm. Teenagers in the study, published in the Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics, ate more fruits and vegetables when the items were cut up and easy to reach.
Screen time tied to increased obesity risk in adolescents
Teens who used screen devices such as smartphones and tablets for five or more hours daily had a twofold higher likelihood of drinking sugar-sweetened beverages and getting too little physical activity and were 43% more likely to become obese than those who didn’t use such devices. The findings in the Journal of Pediatrics also showed a 74% increased risk of poor sleep among those who used screen devices for at least five hours daily.
HealthDay News (12/14)
The Washington Post (12/5, McGinley) reports a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that even casual smokers, who may only smoke a few cigarettes each day or week, are at an 87 percent greater risk of dying earlier compared to people who do not smoke at all. The study serves as a reminder, particularly to younger smokers, who think partaking in the habit less frequently makes it safe; according to lead author Maki Inoue Choi, “The message is that there is no safe level of smoking.”
Fox News (12/7, Kwan) reports on a study conducted by researchers at the American Chemical Society and published in Environmental Science & Technology finding that baby teethers may contain “endocrine-disrupting chemicals.” The researchers found that every one of the 59 baby teethers they tested “contained bisphenol A (BPA), bisphenol S (BPS) or bisphenol F (BPF), and most contained various parabens, as well as the antimicrobials triclosan and triclocarban.” The study authors estimated that a baby’s exposure to the chemicals would be at lower levels than “those of what European regulators consider safe.”
HealthDay (12/7, Preidt) reports the teethers were mostly “labeled BPA-free or non-toxic, [yet] all of them contained BPA.”