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Obesity and emotional problems tend to develop together as children age, new research shows

22 March 2019

High BMI and mental ill-health go increasingly hand-in-hand to present a combined health risk for children from mid-childhood, according to a new study.

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Childhood adversity risk for mid-life health in Britain and US, study finds

19 March 2019

People who experienced physical abuse and neglect in childhood are at higher risk of poor health in middle age, new research shows.

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Children’s BMI tends to be higher in homes where both parents work, new study finds

11 March 2019

Children in homes where both parents are employed are more likely to be overweight compared to those from families where mothers stay at home.

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FAQs: About CLS research on children’s BMI and parents’ work

11 March 2019

These FAQs provide additional information on the research covered in our news story ‘Children’s BMI tends to be higher in homes where both parents work, new study finds’

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The story of our lives: new short film celebrates the first 60 years of the National Child Development Study

11 March 2019

The National Child Development Study (NCDS) is “one of the most influential pools of data that possibly the world has ever seen”, explains the former Labour minister and chair of the Social Mobility Commission, Alan Milburn, in a new short documentary film from the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS).

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Depression is on the rise among young people, but antisocial behaviour is down, new research shows

28 February 2019

Young people today are more likely to be depressed and to self-harm than they were 10 years ago, but antisocial behaviour and substance use – often thought to go hand-in-hand with mental ill-health – are on the decline.

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Millennium Cohort Study director on BBC Radio 4 to discuss UK and US research on families and children

5 February 2019

Professor Emla Fitzsimons appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Analysis programme last night (4 February) to highlight Millennium Cohort Study research looking at the impact of family structure on children’s prospects.

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Obese children not at increased risk of hospital admissions, new study reveals

1 February 2019

Obese and overweight children are no more likely than their peers to be admitted to hospital for health problems and injuries during childhood and early adolescence.

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Timing of parents’ split matters for children’s mental health, new research reveals

17 January 2019

Children who experience a family break-up in late childhood and early adolescence are more likely to have emotional and behavioural problems than those living with both parents, according to a new study.

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Heavy social media use linked to depression in young teens, new study shows

4 January 2019

Adolescents using social media for three hours or more a day are more likely to show signs of depression at age 14, compared to their peers who use it less often.

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Education equality matters for the whole of society, CLS Director explains at UNICEF event

27 November 2018

Equal access to quality education is not only important for children’s individual life chances, it’s vital for their future participation in society, Professor Alissa Goodman told delegates at a UNICEF event in Florence, Italy in October.

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Millions tune in to BBC One to watch film celebrating childhood dreams of NCDS members

22 November 2018

The BBC One Show travelled back to 1969 last night (21 November) to feature a film about three National Child Development Study (NCDS) members who wrote essays at age 11 imagining what their lives would be like when they reached 25.

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