Childhood Obesity Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Choose Your Future

    Choose Your Future

    Every time you choose a food, you are choosing part of the future – the future of your body, your community, our land, our water, and our air. You might be choosing a future that’s better, that’s worse, or that strengthens the status quo. While listening to Jason Mraz perform at the 25th Farm Aid […]

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  • Kids' Meal Toys with Unhealthy Fast Food?

    Kids’ Meal Toys with Unhealthy Fast Food?

    Our county was the first in the nation to ban restaurants from using toy giveaways to lure kids to high-calorie, high-fat, high-sodium, high-sugar kids’ meals.  Under the ban it is fine to offer toys with kids’ meals as long as the meals meet basic nutritional guidelines, such as no more than a generous 485 calories […]

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    An Unprecedented Experiment on our Children

    From 1973 to 1999, childhood cancers increased by 26 percent, making cancer the greatest health threat to children. Currently, one in a 100 8-year-old children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers, and the number might be as high as 1 in […]

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  • Chemicals Increasingly Linked to Obesity and How You Can Fight Fat

    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 […]

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  • Get Your Kids Up and Moving

    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.

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  • Chubby Babies: Is the Baby Fat Here to Stay?

    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 […]

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  • ADHD and Obesity in Kids

    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 […]

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  • Cholesterol, Drugs, and Kids

    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 […]

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  • Burning Fat

    Burning Fat

    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.

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  • Soccer and Weight Loss

    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 […]

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