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Little exercise but lots of screen time for kids with weight issues – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on February 9th, 2017.

A new study from the University of Auckland-based Liggins Institute has found that children and teenagers struggling with weight issues had low physical activity levels but high screen time. The collaboration with Taranaki District Health Board and Sport Taranaki studied 239 children aged 4-16 who were enrolled in a 12-month intervention programme. All participants had body […]

Childhood risk factors predict future economic burden – Expert Reaction

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on December 13th, 2016.

US researchers using data from Dunedin’s longitudinal study say it is possible to predict in early childhood the segment of the population that will go on to account for the largest economic burden. The research, published today in Nature Human Behaviour, used information from the cohort of 1,037 New Zealanders who have been studied since birth, in […]

Obese children at risk of serious illness – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 19th, 2016.

Researchers at the University of Auckland studying obese Kiwi kids have found early warning signs that the children are at risk of developing serious problems like type-2 diabetes, heart and liver disease. Over 200 Taranaki children and teenagers took part in a 12-month intervention programme involving home visits from a health professional. At the start […]

Call for tighter rules on advertising food to kids – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on September 9th, 2016.

Researchers at the University of Auckland say New Zealand should adopt stricter criteria to stop the advertising of unhealthy foods to children. Writing in the New Zealand Medical Journal, published today, the Auckland researchers compared three accepted nutrient profiling systems and found the World Health Organization Europe’s model was the most effective at protecting children […]

Trampoline injuries bounce up in spring – in the News

John Kerr posted in on June 10th, 2016.

Trampoline-related injuries drop in the winter but bounce back in spring, finds a New Zealand study. The research, published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal, catalogued all trampoline related injuries recorded in South Auckland emergency departments since 2000. Broken arms were by far the most common injury, accounting for two-thirds of the nearly 350 […]

Smoking on NZ television – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on June 1st, 2016.

It might be time to consider an ‘R’ rating for TV shows that depict smoking, say the authors of research showing there has been little change in smoking on our screens over the past decade A new study reports the total number of scenes featuring tobacco on prime-time, free-to-air NZ television across one week and […]

Video games and aggression in children – experts respond

Dacia Herbulock posted in on March 25th, 2014.

Time spent playing violent video games may be linked to aggressive thoughts and behavior in children, according to a new study. The research, published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics followed 3000 children in Singapore over three years. It found that children who reported frequent violent video game play were more likely to have aggressive thoughts, and […]

Study describes life for new New Zealanders

John Kerr posted in on March 23rd, 2012.

The latest report from the The Growing up in New Zealand longitudinal study has revealed a wealth of information about the first months of life for kiwi kids. The report Now we are born, to be released today, details the findings from interviews and data collected from 6790 children born in the northern North Island […]

Active video games good for overweight kids – NZ Herald

John Kerr posted in on June 1st, 2011.

A recent New Zealand study has examined the effects of playing ‘active’ video games, finding that the exercise component of such games can be beneficial for overweight kids. Writing for the New Zealand Herald, Martin Johnston covers the study, carried out but the University of Auckland in conjunction with Sony. An excerpt (read in full […]

Experts respond: too much TV increases heart risk

John Kerr posted in on April 21st, 2011.

A recent Australian study has validated what what mothers around the world have been saying for decades: ‘stop watching TV – go outside and play!’ The study, published this week in the American Heart Association journal, Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, found that the more time a child spends watching television, the narrower the arteries […]

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