Children are eating more calories today than they were 30 years ago
Researchers believe this was because children eating more outside the home, such as in fast food chains, in addition to the more usual amount of calories eaten indoors.
This is the first study that has evaluated not only the amount of food eaten by the children, but in which places they are consumed. The findings may help parents reduce their children's calorie intake, thereby reducing obesity rates that have tripled over the past three decades. In Brazil, according to Ministry of Health data, 15% of children and adolescents are overweight.
In addition to having a plate full of vegetables, another study by Harokopio University in Greece shows that having More Family Meals May Be the Secret to Preventing Childhood Obesity According to experts, analysis of more than 1,000 children showed that those who ate at the table with their parents and consumed more vegetables were healthier than children who did not have these eating habits.
The study recently published in the
Journal of Pediatrics relied on data analysis of children aged nine to thirteen. Thus, researchers could observe that families who would normally prepare lunch and dinner - instead of investing in snacks in those meals - were more likely to have a higher intake of vegetables and have their children at mealtimes. And this eating pattern was associated with children with a lower body mass index (measure of weight in relation to height), lower waist circumference and less body fat. The other four patterns identified were: "unregulated eating, eating fast food and sugary foods and sedentary lifestyle"; "high fiber feed"; "constant breakfast," and "physical exercise, consumption of fruits and vegetables." However, these patterns did not have positive effects in this regard. According to the researchers, it is not yet clear why only the "family / vegetable meals" pattern was associated with lower child weight. However, they point out that family cooking and cooking habits may mean that children have greater adherence to the traditional Mediterranean diet - rich in vegetables, olive oil, whole grains and fish. Although the children in the study were evaluated only once, the researchers point out that this eating pattern may be a "potential preventative approach" to combat childhood obesity.
The difficulty of getting pregnant affects 1 in 10 couples in Brazil, according to the World Health Organization; As a way to find an alternative to infertility, many couples use assisted human reproduction techniques. Brazil has different banks of semen. However, the legislation makes it possible for assisted human reproduction techniques to be performed also through the use of biological material from foreign donors.
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