Childhood Obesity Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Chubby Average Predicts Disaster

    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 teenage boys have packed on even more weight, going from a healthy 125 pound average up to 141 in […]

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  • Childhood Obesity and Cancer

    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 International Journal of Cancer. Researchers in the Boyd Orr Study of Diet and Health in Pre-War Britain measured the heights and weights […]

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  • The Downward Spiral of Obesity

    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 jaw to drop. About 2/3 of U.S. teens already have at least one of these risk factors, according to research at Children.s Hospital Boston published […]

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  • Blood Pressure in Children

    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 age 3 for all healthy children, and even earlier for those at high risk (such as those who were born early, small, or who are taking medicines that […]

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  • Frogs, Food Ads, and Fat Kids

    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. I see something similar happening to our children’s nutrition today. Our world is now boiling with the […]

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  • Taming the TV

    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 15 will be different from their peers more than ten years later, whether or not they still […]

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  • Breastfeeding and Protection from Obesity

    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 associated with a healthier weight after age 4 among the non-Hispanic white children in the study.

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  • Breakfast and Bad Teeth

    Breakfast and Bad Teeth

    Kids who skip breakfast have a more than 250 percent increased risk for developing tooth decay, according to a study of more than 4,000 children aged 2 through 5 years published in the January 2004 Journal of the American Dental Association. This dramatic effect was demonstrated in affluent families across America.

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  • More than 30% of Children

    More than 30% of Children

    On any given day, more than 30 percent of children in the U.S. will eat fast food, according to a Harvard study in the January 2004 Pediatrics. Is there a difference in health between kids who eat fast food and those who do not?

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  • Soft Drinks in Schools

    Soft Drinks in Schools

    The American Academy of Pediatrics started 2004 with a policy statement urging that soft drinks be eliminated from schools as an important step in turning the rising tide of childhood obesity. Pediatricians and parents can contact their local schools to weigh in on this issue. Soft drink vending machines are common in schools. Most school-aged […]

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