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Is Nutrition Confusing?

In his opinion piece last Sunday, Why Nutrition Is So Confusing, Gary Taubes wonders why it is so hard for Americans to stick to healthy and nutritious eating habits. He mostly blames what he calls the confusion generated by the nutrition specialists.

Taubes writes:

“The 600,000 articles — along with several tens of thousands of . . . → Read More: Is Nutrition Confusing?

Car Seats Save Lives but Are Still Underused

A study published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report finds that “more than 9,000 children under 12 died in motor vehicle accidents from 2002 to 2011, in many cases because they were not properly restrained in child seats or seat-belts.”

Although the death rate in children in car accidents has decreased to 1.2 per . . . → Read More: Car Seats Save Lives but Are Still Underused

More Sleep for Kids Reduces Calories

A new research study proves again the importance of extended sleep in children.

A study of 37 children found that increasing the hours of extended sleep in children reduced calorie consumption, altered hormone levels associated with appetite, and contributed to weight loss.

“Their results suggest that ensuring children get plenty of sleep on a regular . . . → Read More: More Sleep for Kids Reduces Calories

Gail Collins Tells Us How Preschool Got Hot

In her recent editorial column, Gail Collins writes about the suddenly wide-spread recognition that preschools are important and the agreement among diverse interest groups “that early education is one of the best tools for breaking the poverty-to-poverty trap.”

“The other night at the State of the Union speech, President Obama mentioned “high-quality early education” and . . . → Read More: Gail Collins Tells Us How Preschool Got Hot

Gina Kolata on Costs and Effects of Childood Obesity

There’s been a lot of discussion on the topic of childhood obesity in the last few years, especially with our First Lady bringing this topic to the forefront of national conversation.

Gina Kolata from the New York Times writes about the results of a major new study involving 7,738 children from a nationally representative sample.

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UN Report Finds 250 Million School Age Kids Can’t Read

A new report commissioned by the U.N. education agency found that at least 250 million of the world’s 650 million primary school age children are unable to read, write or do basic math.

Other findings of this report:

130 million children in primary schools around the world have not achieved the minimum benchmarks for learning . . . → Read More: UN Report Finds 250 Million School Age Kids Can’t Read