A survey of parents found that the majority perceived the terms "fat," "extremely obese" and "obese" to be the most stigmatizing when referring to children with excess body weight, a study in Pediatrics found. Researchers learned that most parents think that terms such as "unhealthy weight," "weight problem" or "overweight" are more motivational for weight loss.
Full-term babies born to women undergoing chemotherapy treatments during pregnancy had normal general health, intelligence, hearing, growth and behavior at 18 months, a European study found. Meanwhile, children delivered intentionally premature so the mother could then begin the chemotherapy treatment were more likely to have lower-than-average IQ scores, researchers said. The results indicate that there is no need for pregnant women to delay chemotherapy until after childbirth, lead researcher Frederic Amant, of Belgium, said.
The U.S. Supreme Court will have the chance to rule on the constitutionality of the federal health care law early next year because the Obama administration chose not to pursue a full appeal in a lower court. The decision enables the administration to ask the Supreme Court to schedule the case during the term that starts next week and ends in June.
Using magnetic resonance imaging scans, British researchers examined 105 newborns and found that for every unit increase in maternal BMI, the baby's fat content in the liver grew by 8% and adipose tissue increased by 7 grams. The findings demonstrate how excess pregnancy weight may predispose babies to obesity before they are born, said study lead author Professor Neena Modi.
A study in Pediatrics found that 15.5% of children with type 1 diabetes who also had asthma had poor blood glucose maintenance, compared to 9% of those without asthma. The researchers said they also found a higher rate of asthma among children with type 2 diabetes, which adds evidence to the idea of an obesity-asthma connection.