Adult Diabetes and Kids
    June 28, 2007
    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 Med…

    You Are What You Watch?!
    April 27, 2007
    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 w…

    Brain Food For Your Kids: How Do You Score?
    January 23, 2007
    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; pa…

    “Baby Fat”
    September 13, 2006
    “Baby Fat”

    I often hear from parents who expect that their cute, chubby young children  will naturally thin out as their height spurts up. Unfortunately, it doesn't tend to work out that way. Instead, making ch…

    An Important Message from Rob Reiner
    January 9, 2006
    An Important Message from Rob Reiner

    Many people know me as an actor and director, but my most important role is that of a father to my three children. Raising healthy, happy children is my top priority.  That is why my organization, Pa…

    Kids' Diets and Adults' Hearts
    October 27, 2005
    Kids’ Diets and Adults’ Hearts

    How much kids weigh is important, but whether they depart from their own growth curve lines appears to be even more important - even for kids of normal weight. The speed of weight gain between their s…

    Overweight: Not Just Skin Deep
    August 10, 2005
    Overweight: Not Just Skin Deep

    More than a third of overweight kids, age 2 through 18, already have elevated blood pressure, according to a study of 497 kids that appears in the August 2005 Pediatrics. About half of the kids with h…

    Obesity and the First Week of Life
    April 26, 2005
    Obesity and the First Week of Life

    How a baby eats during the first week of life may set lifelong eating patterns that could lead to obesity, according to a fascinating study from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, published in t…

    Family Mealtime All for One and One for All
    April 1, 2005
    Family Mealtime All for One and One for All

    When I was a child and my family was gathered together for a meal, my father would sometimes look each of us in the eye and say, “All for one, and one for all.” We eagerly repeated this to each ot…

    An Obesity Epidemic
    January 14, 2005
    An Obesity Epidemic

    You've probably already heard that we are raising the most overweight, out-of-shape generation of children in history. In October 2004, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released the latest round …

    Obese in Preschool
    January 13, 2005
    Obese in Preschool

    More than 10 percent of American kids between the ages of 2 and 5 are already overweight or obese, according to the January 2005 annual statistics report of the American Heart Association. This number…

    Fast-Food Fallout
    January 5, 2005
    Fast-Food Fallout

    Does stopping by a fast food restaurant a few times a week with your kids really make a difference in their health? A major long-term study has found a strong association between eating fast food more…

    Physical Activity at Preschool
    November 10, 2004
    Physical Activity at Preschool

    Healthy kids 3 to 5 years old thrive best with at least 120 minutes a day of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA). Most people think of preschoolers as high-activity kids, but the current obe…

    Chubby Average Predicts Disaster
    October 28, 2004
    Chubby Average Predicts Disaster

    When my wife and I were born, American teenage girls, aged 12 to 17, weighed an average of 118 pounds. Some weighed more and some weighed less. Today, the average has swollen to 130 pounds. And teenag…

    Childhood Obesity and Cancer
    October 26, 2004
    Childhood Obesity and Cancer

    The heavier kids are during the toddler, preschool, and school years, the greatest the chance they have of developing cancer as young adults, according to a study published in the November 1, 2004 Int…

    The Downward Spiral of Obesity
    October 20, 2004
    The Downward Spiral of Obesity

    High blood pressure, high blood glucose, high triglycerides, low HDL, and/or increased waist size are all important heart disease risk factors, typically associated with middle age. Get ready for your…

    Blood Pressure in Children
    August 3, 2004
    Blood Pressure in Children

    What's your three-year-old's blood pressure? August 2004 guidelines from The National High Blood Pressure Education Program Working Group on Children recommend that blood pressure screening begin at a…

    Frogs, Food Ads, and Fat Kids
    July 21, 2004
    Frogs, Food Ads, and Fat Kids

    When I was in junior high school, one of my science teachers told me that if a frog is placed in water that is gradually heated, the frog wouldn't notice the danger until it was already being harmed. …

    Taming the TV
    July 19, 2004
    Taming the TV

    How you handle television viewing now may make a measurable difference in how your child will look when she is in her mid-twenties. Kids who watch more than two hours a day between the ages of 5 and 1…

    Breastfeeding and Protection from Obesity
    February 3, 2004
    Breastfeeding and Protection from Obesity

    A huge study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention followed a total of 177,304 low-income children at public health clinics from birth to age 5. Breastfeeding for more than 6 months was as…