Category Archives: Healthy Living

‘Obese children struggle in classroom as well’

It’s known that obese children are prone to health hazards such as asthma and diabetes. Now, a new study has found they are more likely to struggle in the classroom as well.

Researchers in the US found that youngsters who were overweight from the ages of three to nine performed worse on a maths test than their slim peers.

The findings, published in the journal Child Development, add to a growing body of research that suggests obesity is linked to poorer academic performance and therefore long-term career prospects.

“Our study suggests that obesity in the early years of school, especially obesity that persists across the elementary grades, can harm children’s social and emotional well-being and academic performance,” lead author Sara Gable, from the University of Missouri, was quoted as saying by ‘Daily Mail’.

The team from the University of Missouri, the University of California in Los Angeles and the University of Vermont looked at a nationally representative sample of more than 6,250 children. Continue reading

Madison grocer has plan to serve ‘food desert’

For some residents in Madison’s Allied Drive neighborhood, buying groceries at a gas station or drug store is their most likely option.

Categorized as a “food desert” by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its limited access to grocery stores and low-income residents, the neighborhood on the city’s Southwest Side has been without a supermarket within walking distance since a Cub Foods on Verona Road closed in 2009.

But one of Downtown Madison’s newest grocers is looking to solve that problem with an idea to bring affordable produce to under-served neighborhoods: a grocery store on wheels called the Freshmobile. Continue reading

Childhood Obesity Weighs Heavily on EDs

CHICAGO – Overweight children are 20% more likely to visit the emergency department than are normal-weight children, and they do so for reasons other than injuries and accidents, according to a nationally representative survey.

“I suspect that a big reason we’re seeing this increase in the overweight is that they have chronic conditions that are getting them to the ED,” lead author James Dziura, Ph.D., an epidemiologist in the department of emergency medicine and deputy director of the Yale Center for Analytical Sciences in New Haven, Conn., said in an interview. Continue reading