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Are ‘Kidfluencers’ Making Our Kids Fat?

“It looks like a normal child playing with their normal games, but as a researcher who studies childhood obesity, the branded products really stood out to me,” Dr. Bragg said. “When you watch these videos and the kids are pretending to bake things in the kitchen or unwrapping presents, it looks relatable. But really it’s just an incredibly diverse landscape of promotion for these unhealthy products.”In a statement, Sunlight Entertainment, the production company for Ryan’s World, said the channel “cares deeply about the well-being of our viewers and their health and safety is a top priority for us. As such, we strictly follow all platforms terms of service, as well as any guidelines set forth by the FTC and laws and regulations at the federal, state, and local levels.”The statement said ...

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Can Artificial Sweeteners Keep Us From Gaining Weight?

Dr. Ludwig theorized that people who carry a lot of abdominal fat might benefit the most from replacing sugary beverages with diet beverages or water because they secrete more insulin, a hormone that promotes fat storage, in response to sugar. “Someone who is lean may not be as sensitive to sugar,” he said.Debate over the impact of artificial sweeteners on health and body weight has raged for decades. Some of the earliest concerns were sparked by animal research in the 1970s that suggested that artificial sweeteners could cause cancer. But later studies in humans disputed those claims, and the American Cancer Society, which reviewed the evidence in 2016, among other groups, contend that there is no clear evidence of a link between low-calorie sweeteners and cancer in humans.The impact o...

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