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OVERWEIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE: FOOD, EXERCISE, AND THE THIRD FACTOR

October 13, 2015

OVERWEIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE: FOOD, EXERCISE, AND THE THIRD FACTOR Wide girths are widespread Over the past three decades, child and teenage overweight and obesity levels have tripled in the developed world. The data is sobering. Current estimates are that about 15 percent of American children and teenagers are overweight, and about 17 percent of young people are obese. Puppy fat is tenacious The prevalence is of medical, social and – Michelle Obama might add – political concern because puppy and…

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NAPLAN? OUR KIDS NEED TO SLEEP ON IT!

October 9, 2015

The NAPLAN-driven news that our kids are slipping academically has met with much handwringing and lamenting. There are calls from all corners for more school funding and better teachers and steps to decrease disadvantage. But there is a fourth element that the handwringers have neglected. I suggest that they look at our young people’s sleep habits. That’s because the core sleep periods consolidate much of what kids learn while they’re awake . Facts at their fingertips If we want our…

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Book Reviews for BUT I’M NOT TIRED! The nature of sleep and how to nurture it in children and teenagers.

September 16, 2015

“The book BUT I’M NOT TIRED! by Dr Jennifer Smith is a nice introductory “how to” reference guide for parents struggling to get their children to sleep. This book provides the reader with a good general understanding of the physiology of sleep and underlying causes of many of the common sleep disorders. Dr Smith uses a balance of clinical anecdote and scientific research to help deliver key messages and provide useful tips. The book is easy to read and the…

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Millennial David Is Too Hurried To Sleep

July 30, 2015

QANDAKIDS CONSULT Kate, David’s mother, was one of many parents who inspired the section on ‘hurriedness’ in my book, BUT I’M NOT TIRED! The nature of sleep and how to nurture it in children and teenagers. David’s difficulty Eight-year-old David suffers from a common condition that I call ‘hurriedness’. At our first session, he slumped back into one of my armchairs and languidly listened to his mum, Kate, describe him as a bubbly, hyperactive, restless and oppositional child. Kate’s portrayal…

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