Birth tests ‘can predict obesity’

first_img Tweet 12 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyle Birth tests ‘can predict obesity’ by: – November 30, 2012 Share Researchers say a baby’s chance of being obese in childhood can be predicted at birth using a simple formula.The formula combines several known factors to estimate the risk of obesity.The authors of the study, published in PLos One, hope it will be used to identify babies at risk.Childhood obesity can lead to many health problems, including Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.Researchers from Imperial College London looked at 4,032 Finnish children born in 1986 and at data from two further studies of 1,503 Italian children and 1,032 US children. They found that looking at a few simple measurements, such as a child’s birthweight and whether the mother smoked, was enough to predict obesity.Previously it had been thought that genetic factors would give bigger clues to later weight problems, but only about one in 10 cases of obesity is the result of a rare gene mutation that affects appetite.Obesity in children is rising, with the NHS estimating that 17% of boys and 15% of girls in England are now obese.The risk factors for obesity are already well known, but this is the first time these factors have been put together in a formula.Prof Philippe Froguel from Imperial College London, who led the study, said that prevention was the best strategy. Once obese, a child can find it difficult to lose weight.“The equation is based on data everyone can obtain from a newborn, and we found it can predict around 80% of obese children.“Unfortunately, public prevention campaigns have been rather ineffective at preventing obesity in school-age children. Teaching parents about the dangers of overfeeding and bad nutritional habits at a young age would be much more effective.“The message is simple. All at-risk children should be identified, monitored and given good advice, but this costs money.”Prof Paul Gately, a specialist in childhood obesity at Leeds Metropolitan University, said a tool like this would help the NHS target specific people at risk rather than the “scattergun one-size-fits-all approach, which we know does not work”. “Rather than spending money on a huge number of people, we can be more specific and spend appropriately. We may not save money in the short-term but it will be spent more wisely and could reduce [obesity-related] NHS bills in the future. “We’ve done a great job of outlining that obesity is a serious issue but we have made the general public paranoid that everyone is at risk. “Tools like this will help change that attitude. Once we use the tool, we need intervention programmes for children at a greater risk.”BBC Newslast_img read more

WBB : Orange cruises through WNIT despite extended time on road

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ It worked out exactly how Quentin Hillsman wanted it to.After the Syracuse head coach learned his team would be playing in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament on March 12, Hillsman hoped the Orange would play all of its games on the road, away from the distractions of home.‘I was hoping that it wouldn’t backfire on us because I knew that we could go out and it could go either way,’ Hillsman said, ‘but to their credit they embraced it, and I think that being on the road has made us a stronger basketball team.’The Orange (22-14) began its road journey in the first round of the WNIT in Hartford, Conn., and the trip has worked out perfectly thus far for Hillsman and his players. SU has survived four elimination games in nine days to advance to the WNIT semifinals, in which it will take on James Madison (28-7) in Harrisonburg, Va., at 7 p.m. Wednesday.It was the first time in 22 years Syracuse captured four consecutive road victories, dating back to the 1990-91 season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange opened the tournament with a 59-42 win at Hartford on March 16. Three days later, Syracuse trounced Drexel 65-43 and emerged victorious again in Philadelphia last Thursday with an 82-68 win over Temple.Syracuse’s players and staff then traveled to Toledo, Ohio, last Friday. They had less than a day to prepare for their matchup with the Rockets.‘It was just more so us being mentally focused and coach Q just letting us know this is a business,’ forward Iasia Hemingway said. ”You know we’re going to be traveling a lot, but just stay focused, and I know you’re all tired, but don’t give up because we are a good team and we’re playing well and we don’t want to come up short.”Trailing by five with 2:10 remaining in the second half, a newfound unity and resiliency surfaced to carry the Orange to victory. First, Syracuse point guard Rachel Coffey hit a fadeaway 3-pointer with 2.4 seconds left to send the game into overtime.And in the extra session, with SU’s two centers off the court due to foul trouble, reserve forward Troya Berry nailed what proved to be the game-winning free throw.‘With Rachel hitting that big shot, we were like, ‘Let’s just take this home,” Hemingway said. ‘That 3 was meant for a reason. It was meant for us to win for a reason and everything happens for a reason, so fortunately we got the win.’The road trip also led to a change in Hillsman’s coaching style. The SU head coach said he has learned to not overanalyze certain situations and to loosen the reins on his players to a degree, allowing them ‘to do their thing’ and to save their legs.The road also enabled the coaches to break down film with the players without any disturbance, as they had nowhere else to be.After Saturday’s win over Toledo, Syracuse returned home before getting ready to leave for Virginia.Now, only two games stand in the path of the Orange capturing the WNIT crown.‘When you’re out for that long period of time and you’re in the environments that we’ve been in, you have to band together and lean on each other,’ Hillsman said. ‘Secondly, because they’re playing so well they have the confidence in each other.’The next chapter of Syracuse’s tournament run leads the Orange to the JMU Convocation Center, a hostile environment that Hillsman deemed ‘eerie’ because the band sits right over the court.But if SU has proven anything in the WNIT, it’s that it embraces challenges. If the Orange can stretch its road winning streak to five, just one obstacle stands in its way of earning the tournament title.‘We just know that we need to come out strong and do the same things that we do at home,’ SU guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas said. ‘We’re not reluctant to be playing on the road at all, so we’re just looking forward to it.’adtredin@syr.educenter_img Published on March 27, 2012 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more