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4 Your Health: helmets protect the spine; just one sport equals more injuries; parents fuel body shaming

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Pressuring teens to diet could have a negative impact on their health and self-esteem as adults.

That's according to a new study from the University Of Minnesota. It showed young adults whose parents encouraged them to diet in their teens were more likely to be overweight, engage in unhealthy weight control habits, and have poor body satisfaction.

They also tended to pass on these messages to their own children, pressuring them to diet and focus on their weight. 

Specializing leads to more injuries

Boys who specialize in one sport have a higher risk of getting injured

A new study looked at 12,000 kids and teens. The risk of injury was highest among boys who specialized in baseball or gymnastics.

For *girls*, the number of hours they spent doing vigorous activity was a stronger predictor of injury than just playing one sport.

Another reason to wear a helmet

New research finds helmets help protect the spine in a motorcycle crash.

The University Of Wisconsin study included 1,600 patients injured in motorcycle accidents. Helmeted riders were less likely to suffer a cervical spine fracture than those without helmets.

Many bikers don't wear helmets because they believe the added weight increases the risk of a spinal injury.

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