children

exercise

Exercise may protect against depression, but this study doesn’t show it

Children who get enough exercise aren’t just more physically fit, but also have better mental health in adulthood, according to…

sugar

All that worry about sugar is working: children are now eating less of it

The trouble with reasonable voices — as current global politics are neatly illustrating for us — is that they tend…

Physically active boys ‘do better at reading and maths’

A sedentary lifestyle is linked to poorer academic performance in boys, according to research published in the Journal of Science…

Yet more reasons not to plonk your child in front of the telly

Young children who watch too much television are at risk of social isolation and violent behaviour at the age of…

Supportive mothers help their children’s brains grow bigger

The brains of well-nurtured children develop faster than the brains of children who are neglected, according to research in the…

‘Worrying’ rise in children being prescribed anti-depressants

There has been a large increase in the number of British children prescribed anti-depressants, according to research published in the…

Sweet tooth: Fact or fiction ?

Health checkup: on the sweet-tooth myth, binge-sleeping and lazy Britain

Plus: prostate cancer policy, children who black out, a heartbeat problem that’s worse for women, and healthy eating

Diabetes drug taken by millions has unexpected benefit: making children taller

A common diabetes drug taken by millions of people seems to have an unexpected side effect: it makes children slightly…

Does veganism kill children? No, neglectful parenting does

Whether it’s for religious, ethical or health reasons, it’s not easy being vegan. The diet excludes some obvious things like cheese,…

Women who want to starve their children: the hidden problem of mothers with eating disorders

Some mothers suffering with eating disorders are tempted to starve their children, according to forthcoming research from City University. Katherine Kalinowski,…

New study shows children are less fat – but less fit. The ‘obesity crisis’ may be a fitness crisis

A long-term study by the University of Essex has found that, although the average BMI (body mass index) of children…

Number of children exposed to second-hand smoke falls, but was it really dangerous anyway?

There’s more good news for the anti-smoking lobby today. Data published in the scientific journal Addiction reveals that children are being exposed…