Obesity roots may start before kindergarten

first_img Read Full Story A new report suggests that children who are overweight or obese by the time they enter kindergarten have a high likelihood of staying that way as they grow older. Looking at more than 7,700 children over a nine-year-period, the Emory University study found that children who started kindergarten overweight had about four times the risk of becoming obese by eighth grade as their normal-weight peers.In an editorial accompanying the study in the New England Journal of Medicine, co-author Steven Gortmaker, director of the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center (HPRC) and professor of the practice of health sociology at the School, said that the findings point to the importance of instituting “wide-reaching, cost-effective policy and programmatic changes aimed at improving nutrition and physical activity among broad populations of children if we are to reduce early childhood weight gain and the risk of incident obesity throughout childhood.”On the bright side, Gortmaker told the New York Times, a number of studies have shown that it is possible to stop or reverse excess weight gain in children. And young children can move from overweight to normal weight by losing just a few pounds, whereas for adults to do so could mean having to lose a significant amount of weight—20 to 30 pounds or even 40 to 50 pounds, according to Gortmaker.last_img read more

State rejects sex ed changes

first_imgNZ Herald 16 November 2014New guidelines for sex education will be released in a few weeks, but the Government will shy away from ordering schools to teach more than basic biology.The Ministry of Education is due to release the new blueprint in December, nine months after an advisory panel recommended teens be taught respectful attitudes as a core part of the overhaul.The health select committee recommendations were designed to push the focus of what teens learn beyond the physical mechanics of sex and reproduction after an 18-month inquiry found “fragmented and uneven programmes”, which it partly blamed for the high teenage pregnancy rate.But the ministry has signalled the health and physical education component of the curriculum, which includes sexuality, is not changing.Neither will the ministry recommend when or what sexuality issues are taught, either at primary or secondary level. Instead, schools will be left to make those decisions. “Schools know their students and are best-placed to decide when sensitive issues like sexuality education are covered,” deputy secretary of student achievement Dr Graham Stoop told the Herald on Sunday.A rape prevention group is accusing the ministry of side-stepping the issue, despite public outrage over the Roast Busters scandal and a climate where porn and online dating are becoming the norm.Rape Prevention Education executive director Kim McGregor said there was a woeful lack of knowledge about sexual violence.“It would be tragic if sexual violence prevention was not mandated through all high schools,” said McGregor.She said many teenagers turned to the internet and pornographic websites for sex education, leading to a distorted view on sexual activity, with many girls not realising they were being treated in a degrading and unacceptable manner.Green MP Kevin Hague, who sat on the health select committee that recommended the overhaul, said too many schools were delivering sub-par programmes to students.“It’s crazy for schools to get government funding to deliver programmes that are ineffective.”These included lesson plans that were moralistic, shunned frank information and didn’t equip young people for the emotional context of sexual behaviour.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11359262last_img read more

Cisse fitness setback leaves Newcastle short of striking options

first_img Press Association Sport understands the 30-year-old Senegal international will be out for four to five weeks after having a procedure to address the groin problem which has seen him miss the last five games. Head coach Steve McClaren revealed last week that Cisse had returned to training after a third opinion on the injury which suggested he may not require an operation, but warned that could prove not to be the case. Newcastle’s search for striking reinforcements has taken a new twist after it emerged that Papiss Cisse will be sidelined for a month after undergoing surgery. Cisse’s absence means summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic, who scored his fourth goal for the club in Tuesday night’s 3-3 Barclays Premier league draw with Manchester United, remains the Magpies’ only fit specialist striker. They have been tracking a series of possible additions in that department in recent weeks, but with Chelsea’s Loic Remy and QPR’s Charlie Austin now looking unlikely potential signings and Wolfsburg front man Bas Dost facing a six-week lay-off with a broken bone in his foot, the field has dwindled somewhat. West Brom’s Saido Berahino is among a list of players whose situations are being monitored, but the Magpies are far from lone potential suitors. McClaren has been boosted this week by the addition of midfielders Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet to his squad, although there is speculation that Cheick Tiote could leave as a result, with Shanghai Shenhua on his trail. But the goals Newcastle scored against Manchester United were their first in five games in all competitions and added strike-power is a major focus for the club’s recruitment wing. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Women of Troy win first road game of season

first_imgThe USC women’s basketball team went on the road for the first time this season after four consecutive games at the Galen Center to start the season, coming out with a 62-51 win over UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday night in Santa Barbara, Calif.Off night · Senior forward Christina Marinacci scored only two points against the Gauchos on Tuesday night. The Women of Troy were able to escape Santa Barbara with an 11-point win. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanJunior forward Cassie Harberts led the Women of Troy (3-2) with 17 points (11 in the second half), 5 assists, and 4 rebounds. Freshman guard Jordan Adams scored 12 points on four 3-pointers, and sophomore guard Ariya Crook finished with 9 points. Every USC player scored at least once, and Harberts finished with double-digit points for the fifth straight game.“My teammates found me when I was open,” said Adams. “I had a lot of time in the pocket. They didn’t run out to me and my teammates did a really good job finding me outside.”Angela Aguirre finished with 13 points to lead the Gauchos (2-4) in scoring. Kendra Morrison scored 11 points, all in the second half, and Destini Mason had nine points and five rebounds.USC finished the first half on a 14-4 run to take a 31-22 lead at the half, with Harberts, Adams, and junior forward Desiree Bradley all scoring six points each. The Women of Troy shot 50 percent (12-for-24) from the field, including 5-of-8 from behind the arc, compared to UCSB’s 37.5 percent (9-for-24). Both teams only went to the line twice at the half, with each team making both free throws.The Women of Troy held the cushion throughout the rest of the game, thanks to Harberts’ 10 points in the first seven minutes of the second half.  Crook scored all nine of her points after halftime, and USC narrowly outscored the Gauchos 31-29 in the second half to seal a comfortable win. USC led by as many as 18 with eight minutes left, but a 13-1 run by the Gauchos pulled the deficit to single-digits before a 3-pointer by Destinie Gibbs with 48 seconds left ended any chance for a comeback.“They made our runs and we made our runs back,” said junior forward Cassie Harberts. “A lot of it was just defensive coverages. We didn’t do what we needed to do.”USC continued to improve in the turnover column, finishing the game with only 12 turnovers, compared to 15 and 18 in its last two games, along with 14 fouls. The Woman of Troy finished shooting 48.9 percent (22 for 45) from the field, along with 58.3 percent (9 for 16) from 3-point range and 9 of 13 from the free-throw line. They outrebounded the Gauchos 28-22, marking the fifth-straight game the Women of Troy have outrebounded their opponent, as well as holding Sweets Underwood, the Gauchos’ second leading scorer, to 0 points on 0-for-4 shooting.“You can’t win the game with a bunch of turnovers, and we really stressed taking care of the ball and valuing possessions,” said Adams, “When you turn the ball over, you beat yourselves.”UCSB shot 20 for 42 from the field (3 for 6 from 3-point range), and 8 of 11 from the free-throw line. The Gauchos committed 13 turnovers and 12 fouls.The Women of Troy go back on the road Friday to take on San Diego State (3-2) at 7 p.m. PT. USC’s next home game is Saturday, Dec. 15 against Texas A&M (3-3).last_img read more