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Research Snapshot: Behavioral and environmental factors play a role in obesity remission in adolescents

In a new study from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health’s Project EAT, research shows positive behavioral and environmental changes can help adolescents with obesity to achieve healthy weights in the future.

The study was aimed at determining if adolescents with obesity can successfully achieve a healthier weight in young adulthood, as well as determine if any psychosocial, behavioral or environmental factors are associated with adolescents who successfully manage their weight.

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In the news: Frequent self-weighing among teens linked to negative health effects

Stepping on a scale may seem like the most helpful way to measure weight loss progress, but a recent study from the University of Minnesota revealed that teens who often weigh themselves are more likely to have negative mental health effects.

Published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, the research found young women who frequently self-weigh may be at risk for depression and were more likely to have lower levels of self-esteem and body satisfaction.

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Preventing childhood obesity while promoting a positive body image

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month—a new observance that started five years ago, but is in keeping with mounting public awareness about the problem of childhood obesity. While parents are hit with messages to prevent obesity, they often get conflicting advice. So what can parents do to prevent obesity without instilling an unhealthy obsession with weight?

Researchers at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health recommend parents start by modifying the home environment to make it easier to engage in healthier eating and activity and by modeling healthy eating and physical activity behaviors, a positive body image, and avoidance of weight talk. Their advice is based on research gathered through Project EAT, one of the largest and most comprehensive studies to examine weight-related issues in teenagers led by Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Ph.D. Neumark-Sztainer used the findings from Project EAT to provide parents strategies in the book, I’m, Like, So Fat! Helping Your Teen Make Healthy choices about Eating and Exercise in a Weight-Obsessed World.

Health Talk spoke with Colleen Flattum, M.S., R.D., senior program manager with Project EAT.

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Adolescents who eat regular family meals less likely to engage in eating disorder behaviors finds University of Minnesota study

As a kid, rushing home from a friend’s house to make it to dinner on time may not have been your favorite thing to do. But, it turns out that family meal time may have been worth it after all.

According to a recent study, adolescents, especially girls, who eat more family meals are less likely to engage in harmful eating disorder behaviors. Furthermore, this protection against disordered eating behaviors was found to exist in the majority of families studied, even for adolescents whose families struggled with communication or other challenges.

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Harassment linked with cumulative poor emotional & physical wellbeing in teens

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Healthful eating starts with healthy conversations at home

Parents, you may want to watch your mouths. What you say to adolescents about healthy eating – and how you say it – may have a major impact on their food intake and perceptions about a healthy body image according to new research out of the University of Minnesota.

The article, “Parent Conversations About Healthful Eating and Weight,” was published online this week in JAMA Pediatrics. The study shows that conversations with parents about weight or size were associated with more dieting and disordered eating behaviors among adolescents – and not just among those considered overweight.

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