September 9, 2012

to Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate

1 Immunizations Down for CA Private School Kids

An AP analysis found that California parents who send their kids to private school are two times more likely to opt out of immunizing their kids than those whose children attend public school. This data is based on a statewide survey of all schools with at least 10 kindergarteners in attendance. Public health officials say an immunization rate of 90%+ is optimal to prevent a potential disease outbreak. Parents cite various reasons for choosing not to vaccinate, including religious beliefs and concerns about the shots themselves. The state legislature recently approved a bill requiring parents to discuss immunization with a doctor or school nurse before they can opt out. Governor Jerry Brown has until the end of the month to sign it.

More at NBCnews.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Chicken Pox Vaccine Reduces Hospitalizations

Tags: Childhood Vaccinations, Governor Jerry Brown, Public Health, Vaccinations, Associated Press, Disease Outbreak

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Activity Is Key

2 Heavy Kids Eat Less Than Healthy Weight Ones

"I would imagine parents underreport their kid's caloric intake, out of subconscious guilt or just inaccuate observation."
- Charlie in the comments

Overweight and obese children, ages 9-17, consume fewer calories than their healthy weight peers, although the reverse is true for children under 9, finds a new study from the U of North Carolina. Lead author Asheley Cockrell Skinner, Ph.D., explains the dichotomy when she says, “Children who are overweight tend to remain overweight. So, for many children, obesity may begin by eating more in early childhood. Then as they get older, they continue to be obese without eating any more than their healthy weight peers.” Skinner defends her research by pointing to the fact that overweight children tend to be less active than health weight kids, indicating that obesity is not simply a matter of eating less. For the study, Skinner examined 7 years worth of dietary data on 19,125 kids, ages 1-17.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Oregon Has Fewest Obese Kids

Tags: Activity Levels, Childhood Obesity, Overeating, University of North Carolina, Causes for Childhood Obesity, Exercise and Weight Gain, Asheley Cockrell Skinner

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