Childhood obesity, exercise & diabetes, cervical cancer screeenings

Posted at 1:18 PM, Jan 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-15 13:31:49-05

Education Level and Obesity 

Your education level may be the key to determining whether or not your child is overweight. A recent study by researchers at Harvard University shows that children from better-educated and wealthier parents also have lower rates of childhood obesity. In fact, kids whose parents are college educated are half as likely to become obese as as those whose parents only have a high school education. The study also found that less advantaged kids ate fewer calories, and have less access to healthier foods.

Exercise and Diabetes 

A new study finds that weight training and aerobic exercise can help women prevent diabetes. Researchers in Denmark studied almost 100-thousand women for eight years, and they determined that weight resistance and aerobic activity are independently associated with a reduced risk of diabetes. Doctors say women who regularly do both reduce their risk the most.

Cervical Cancer Screenings

New research shows screening women for cervical cancer past age 50 saves lives. Doctors in London say older women who are not tested have a six times greater chance of developing cervical cancer. They recommend screenings up to age 69.