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Association between high cost of fruits, vegetables and higher body fat in young children

Posted February 24, 2014

High prices for fresh fruits and vegetables are associated with higher Body Mass Index (BMI) in young children in low- and middle-income households, according to American University researchers in the journal Pediatrics.

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High cost of fruits, vegetables linked to higher body fat in young children

Posted February 21, 2014

High prices for fresh fruits and vegetables are associated with higher Body Mass Index in young children in low- and middle-income households, according new research. Research showed that when the prices of fruits and vegetables go up, families may buy less of them and substitute cheaper foods that may not be as healthy and have more calories. The study also identified a small association between higher-priced soft drinks and a lower likelihood of obesity among young children.

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Research shows that the more chocolate you eat, the lower your body fat level is

Posted November 8, 2013

University of Granada researchers from the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences have scientifically disproven the old belief that eating chocolate is fattening. In an article published this week in the journal Nutrition, the authors have shown that higher consumption of chocolate is associated with lower levels of total fat (fat deposited all over the body) and central fat (abdominal), independently of whether or not the individual participates in regular physical activity and of diet, among other factors.

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Longer exercise provides added benefit to children’s health

Posted September 18, 2012

Twenty minutes of daily, vigorous physical activity over just three months can reduce a child’s risk of diabetes as well as his total body fat – including dangerous, deep abdominal fat – but 40 minutes

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Reducing sedentary behaviours may lead to decrease in BMI

Posted August 18, 2012

Interventions effective at reducing sedentary behaviour may also decrease Body Mass Index (BMI) in children and adolescents according to a meta-analysis by researchers from the University Medical Centre in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

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Rickets May Be Prevented with Dietary Calcium Supplementation

Posted April 30, 2012

Calcium supplementation from dietary sources or in tablet format was found to increase bone density and decrease the development of rickets. Subjects of the study were Nigerian children (n=647,380 at 18 month follow-up), aged 12-18 months, who received either calcium carbonate (400mg) or ground fish (529+/-109mg) daily for a period of 18 months, or a placebo.

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Prebiotic supplements could aid mineral absorption: Rat study

Posted April 30, 2012

Supplementation with fibre rich prebiotics could help to boost bone density by increasing the levels of important minerals absorbed in the gut, according to new research in rats.

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