March 23, 2010

Watch Baby's Weight in the Womb

1 Baby Fat May Point to Later Obesity

There's been a lot of focus lately on efforts to curb childhood obesity focusing on elementary school kids and older, but growing evidence suggests that a child's propensity for obesity might be set up a lot earlier than that -- perhaps even in the womb. Research has shown that kids whose moms smoke while pregnant are more likely to be obese later, even though they're often born smaller. Babies who don't get a lot of sleep or who grow really quickly early in life may also be heavier later on. And though one in 10 children under the age of 2 is overweight, doctors are hesitant to label such a young child as fat or to seek to put a toddler on a diet. The main advice for preventing obesity in kids from the start is for overweight moms to lose weight before they get pregnant and to breastfeed.

More at New York Times | Posted 7 years ago by Sarah E. White

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Pregnancy, Baby Fat

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Not Just Loss of Muscle Tone

2 Facial Aging Attributed to Bone Loss

A new study, conducted by physicians at the U of Rochester indicates that facial aging is due not only to loss of muscle tone but also to major changes that occur in facial bones. The study examined facial CT scans of 120 patients and showed that the jaw bone changes dramatically as we age. Said Howard N. Langstein, M.D., professor and chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the U of Rochester Medical Center, “Physicians have long been taught that facial aging is caused by soft tissue descent and loss of elasticity. Though we have always known that bones change over time, until now, the extent to which it causes an aged appearance was not appreciated.” The new information may lead to changes in facial rejuvenation surgery that include methods to rebuild underlying facial structure.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Facelifts, Fillers, Facial Rejuvenation, Facial Aging, Sagging Skin, Chin Implants, Cheek Implants, University of Rochester, Howard N. Langstein

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