Being labeled as too fat may lead to become obese

Simply being called ‘fat’ makes young girls more likely to become obese — Trying to be thin is like trying to be tall, say UCLA psychologists – Girls who are told by a parent, sibling, friend, classmate or teacher that they are too fat at age 10 are more likely to be obese at age 19, revealed by UCLA psychologists.

Depressed adolescents more likely to be bullied

New study: Adolescents suffering from depression more likely to be bullied — It’s often assumed that bullying leads to psychological problems, but this study doesn’t support this line of thought – A new study provides evidence that adolescents who suffer from depression are more likely to develop difficulty in peer relationships including being bullied at school. It’s often assumed that being bullied leads to psychological problems, such as depression, but the study doesn’t support this line of thought.

Fat mass helps build bone mass in girls

New research suggests fat mass helps build bone mass in girls — Excessive reduction of fat mass in girls may increase risk of osteoporosis in later life – According to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), fat mass is important in increasing bone size and thickness, but this effect appears to be stronger in girls than boys.

Childhood obesity increases early signs of heart disease

Childhood obesity increases early signs of cardiovascular disease – By as early as 7 years of age, being obese may raise a child’s future risk of heart disease and stroke, even without the presence of other cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, a new study found.

Diabetes early signs in kids as young as 7

LSUHSC researchers first to document early signs for diabetes in kids as young as 7 – Research conducted under the direction of Melinda Sothern, PhD, Professor and Director of Health Promotion at the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Public Health, showing early signs of diabetes in healthy children as young as seven years old will be presented at the American Diabetes Association 2009 Annual Scientific Session Meeting in New Orleans.

Women’s menstruation genes identified

Genes that influence start of menstruation identified for first time – Two genes clarify the genetic control of female sexual maturation, and point to regulatory mechanisms involved in human growth and development. – Researchers from the Peninsula Medical School, along with collaborators from research institutions across Europe and the United States, have for the first time identified two genes that are involved in determining when girls begin menstruation.

Testicular cancer risk rises with marijuana use

Marijuana use linked to increased risk of testicular cancer. Risk appears to be elevated particularly among frequent and/or long-term users of marijuana. – Frequent and/or long-term marijuana use may significantly increase a man’s risk of developing the most aggressive type of testicular cancer, according to a study by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Boys grow out of childhood asthma

Asthma in boys may be just a phase, but for girls it may be there to stay. Airway responsiveness is more severe in the postpubertal female with asthma than in males. – Boys may be more apt than girls to have childhood asthma, but, when compared to girls, they are also more likely to grow out of it in adolescence and have a decreased incidence of asthma in the post-pubertal years. This indicates that there may be a buried mechanism in asthma development, according to a prospective study that analyzed airway responsiveness (AR) in more than 1,000 children with mild to moderate asthma over a period of about nine years.

Environmental toxins cause early onset puberty in girls

Certain environmental toxins may disrupt the normal growth and hormonal development of girls, and lead to early onset puberty in girls. – Although scientists have speculated over the negative effects of environmental toxins for years, new data suggest that certain environmental toxins may disrupt the normal growth and hormonal development of girls.