Childhood Obesity Related Articles & Blog Posts
Chemicals Increasingly Linked to Obesity and How You Can Fight Fat
Obesity has become a national epidemic and it is increasingly creeping into the youngest of our population. In fact, an alarming new study reports that 1 in 5 American 4-year-olds is obese, up 300% since the 1980s, and many more are considered seriously overweight. This epidemic has compelled many to predict that our children will [...]Read full story
Get Your Kids Up and Moving
We all know about the importance of fitting exercise into our daily lives. However, millions of Americans still do not get exercise regularly. With the obesity epidemic all around us, it is time for every parent to take healthy steps to get or keep their kids eating healthy and moving their bodies.Read full story
Chubby Babies: Is the Baby Fat Here to Stay?
How quickly does being overweight affect health? Overweight babies and toddlers under age 2 already show signs of health problems according to a study in the August 2008, Pediatrics. Those over the 95th percentile in weight (for their height) were more likely to get hospitalized before their second birthday. And more likely to be hospitalized [...]Read full story
ADHD and Obesity in Kids
The diagnosis of ADHD increased 100 percent in just a decade. The percentage of kids who are overweight increased 100 percent between 1980 and 2002 (and increased 200 percent in teens). Is there a link between the two? Are kids diagnosed with ADHD more likely to be overweight? Or more likely to be underweight. It [...]Read full story
Cholesterol, Drugs, and Kids
Controversial new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics call for more children to get their cholesterol checked, starting as young as age 2, and for some kids to be started on statin drugs to lower their cholesterol, starting as young as age 8. I’m glad that the controversy surrounding these guidelines is starting to [...]Read full story
What kind of exercise is most effective for burning fat in children? A new study delivers an objective answer. It’s no secret that childhood obesity has become a major problem, nor that physical activity is an important tool for preventing and reversing weight problems.Read full story
Soccer and Weight Loss
A fun, practical, affordable way to help overweight kids? My friend and colleague, Dana Weintraub, MD, from the Division of General Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, led a team that studied the effect of an after school soccer team on weight. The results of SPORT (the Stanford [...]Read full story
Adult Diabetes and Kids
A huge study of millions of kids revealed for the first time the true measure of type 2 diabetes in children in the United States. The results appeared in the June 27, 2007 Journal of the American Medical Association. In the recent past, type 2 diabetes was called adult-onset diabetes because this obesity-related condition was [...]Read full story
You Are What You Watch?!
Television commercials work. They work well enough that it makes sense for fast food restaurants and junk food manufacturers to spend lots of money to entice your child to overindulge. When children watch a cartoon with a single food commercial, they tend to eat twice as much food as when they watch a cartoon with [...]Read full story
Brain Food For Your Kids: How Do You Score?
Each day at school, millions of children are faced with a lunch that actually works against them. Unhealthy versions of French fries, chips, hot dogs, burgers, and pizza fill school cafeterias; partially hydrogenated, high fructose corn syrup-sweetened snacks fill lunch bags brought from home. The crusts and buns of the more popular options are likely [...]Read full story