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November 2006 (Medialink) -- Despite the confusion over juice, new research has found that it's not 100 percent fruit juice that makes children overweight.
As a result of two new studies published in the journal Pediatrics, parents can now feel confident about serving their children appropriate amounts of 100 percent fruit juice. Both of these studies confirm that there is no connection between children's weight and consuming reasonable amounts of fruit juice.
One of the studies from the Baylor College of Medicine evaluated data accumulated over several years from a national sample of preschoolers. The researchers determined that consumption of 100 percent juices is not associated with body mass index (BMI) among preschoolers.
The analysis was based on the largest, on-going government database on food consumption (NHANES - National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey).
The findings of another recent study also published in Pediatrics found there was no connection between juice consumption and body weight among normal weight children and among overweight children who consumed moderate amounts of juice. The American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines allow for 1/2 cup juice for children 1 to 5 years old and 1-1/2 cups juice for older children.
When it comes to childhood obesity, researchers agree that more studies are needed on many diet and lifestyle factors, not just beverages.
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Up to 40% of domestic pet dogs in Europe could be overweight or clinically obese, according to veterinarians; some US vets say the figures are very much higher.
It is a hidden problem for many owners -- they simply do not realise that their dog is heavier than it should be. UK practitioner Andy Green from the Pennard Veterinary Practice in Kent says: "They are not aware of gradual weight gain until they bring their dogs in for check-ups and see over time how much their dog has gained weight."
Excessive weight can shorten a dog's life by up to two years, impair its quality of life, and contribute to medical problems such as heart and lung disease, arthritis and joint problems, as well as diabetes. Owners who are concerned about their dog's weight are being encouraged to visit the vet.
Vets say that excessive weight is a clinical issue; owners are usually advised to reduce the animal's weight, through a combination of exercise and diet.
For those dogs, which do not respond to diet and exercise, clinical help is now available through the vet in the form of a weight loss product. The product works by decreasing the dogs' appetites, making it easier for owners to introduce new long-term diet and exercise behaviours. The drug was introduced to the US eight months ago and is just being launched in Europe.
Dr. Scott McComb DVM, one of many US veterinary surgeons now using the drug as a weight loss aid, said: "Pet owners need to see the benefits of their efforts, see the benefit of weight loss, or their owner behaviours will never change."
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A recent government report on the potential effects of a commonly used plastic additive (bisphenol A or BPA) has us completely freaked out. We're trying not to put on our tinfoil hats and go nuts. Let's just calmly and methodically remove every single piece of #7 plastic from our homes. Because this BPA stuff is scary. Acts like estrogen in the body? Yikes. Causes obesity in mice. Ouch. Pay attention, parents, because this is the closest we ever get to actual parenting advice.
Here are the DadLabs tips for helping your family avoid BPA:
* Avoid food and beverage marked with the recyclable #7 and shop for BPA free products.
* Avoid using plastic cutlery and plates.
* Do not use plastic plates and cups in the microwave.
* Throw away any worn plastic plates and cups.
* Hand wash your plastic plates and cups instead of putting them in the dishwasher.
* Look for stainless steel, porcelain and glass baby food and drink containers.