Childhood Obesity Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Obese in Preschool

    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 comes from an analysis of children measured in 2002, and is the latest data available. It’s almost half-again as many as […]

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  • Fast-Food Fallout

    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 than twice a week and the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes in teens and young adults.

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  • Physical Activity at Preschool

    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 obesity epidemic prompted researchers to measure preschool physical activity levels, just to be sure. This generation of school-age kids is the most sedentary […]

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  • 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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