Health bits: Children from richer families fatter

2013-02-16 12:10

City Press health reporter Zinhle Mapumulo’s pick of health and lifestyle research published this week.

» Richer children are fatter

Middle-class children are more likely to be obese than those who come from poor families, new research has found.

The study published in the International Journal of Obesity this week revealed that affluent families know all about healthy eating and the importance of exercise but they are unlikely to make healthy choices when it comes to their children’s health.

» Overdosing on Vitamin C makes no difference to couch potatoes

You can take all the Vitamin C you want but if you do not exercise it will not help you that much when the flu virus attacks, new research has revealed.

Finnish researchers have found gulping drinks rich in vitamin C such such as orange juice makes no difference to couch potatoes. But in people who exercise regularly, vitamin C can halve the risk and even help get rid of the sniffles.

» Two hearts in love beat as one

Scientists at the University of California have discovered that couples who sit next to each other are able to adjust their heart rhythm to beat at the same time.

The team studied the heart of 32 couples, who were connected to heart rate and respiration monitors. They were asked to sit a few feet away from each other in a quiet, calm room but not to speak or touch. At one point they were told to mirror the movements of one another. Findings showed both partners had similar patterns heart rates and respiration, but women tended to adjust theirs to their partners’ more.

» Folic acid reduces risk of autism

A Norwegian study found that pregnant women who take folic acid could reduce their child’s risk of developing autism by at least 40%.

But women planning to get pregnant should start taking the Vitamin B9 rich tablets four weeks before conceiving and eight weeks afterwards to get the full benefit for their unborn child.

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