Cardiovascular Health in Children
    July 8, 2002
    Cardiovascular Health in Children

    Heart disease remains the #1 cause of death in the United States, killing about half a million people each year. Coronary heart disease used to be thought of as a disease of the middle aged and the el…

    Breastfeeding Drops Risk of Obesity
    June 11, 2002
    Breastfeeding Drops Risk of Obesity

    Childhood obesity rates continue to climb. However, babies who are breastfed have a 30 percent drop in their risk of obesity, according to a study published in the June 8, 2002 issue of The Lancet. Th…

    Obesity and Diabetes in Children
    March 21, 2002
    Obesity and Diabetes in Children

    Twenty five percent of obese children are already glucose intolerant and at high risk for developing diabetes, according to a Yale University study published in the March 14, 2002 New England Journal …

    Physical Activity Guidelines for Babies through Teens
    February 11, 2002
    Physical Activity Guidelines for Babies through Teens

    As parents, it’s our job to teach our kids about the wonders of the great outdoors. It’s also important to keep them healthy and safe so they can get the most out of their outdoor experiences. Dr.…

    The Link Between Parental Smoking, Obesity, and Diabetes
    January 10, 2002
    The Link Between Parental Smoking, Obesity, and Diabetes

    When mothers smoke during pregnancy, their choice may affect the children for the rest of their lives. The January 5, 2002 issue of the British Medical Journal reports an analysis of 17,000 births dur…

    Blood Pressure, the Time is Now.
    October 1, 2001
    Blood Pressure, the Time is Now.

    Parents of overweight teens often feel reassured that the youth and vitality of their children protects them from the harm of being overweight, at least until they are older. Looking for another reaso…

    Exercise Guidelines Out of Touch?
    September 10, 2001
    Exercise Guidelines Out of Touch?

    Experts agree that this is the most sedentary generation of children in history. Computers, television, video games, and long hours seated at school combine to decrease children's activity. (more&hell…

    Breast-Feeding and Obesity
    May 18, 2001
    Breast-Feeding and Obesity

    It can be demoralizing when you get contradictory information about health. Two studies in the May 16th, 2001 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) appear, on the surface, to…

    Children, Exercise and Parks
    April 9, 2001
    Children, Exercise and Parks

    We are raising the most sedentary generation of children in human history. However, a study published in the April 2001 issue of the American Journal of Public Health offers real, practical hope. Chil…

    Is your child overweight, underweight?
    August 23, 2000
    Is your child overweight, underweight?

    Is your child overweight? Underweight? A study in the July 2000 issue of Pediatrics shows us that, at least when it comes to teens, both parents and children are surprisingly poor at judging appropria…

    Teen Obesity Reaching Epidemic Proportions!
    January 27, 2000
    Teen Obesity Reaching Epidemic Proportions!

    Obesity among teens has become a major epidemic. More teens are overweight now than at any time in history. A January 2000 report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified the…

    Fast Facts about Diabetes
    January 18, 2000
    Fast Facts about Diabetes

    A fasting blood sugar at or above 126 mg/dL or a random blood sugar at or above 200 mg/dL is diagnostic of diabetes, according to the official American Diabetes Association definition. (more…)…

    Watching Television Causes Asthma?!
    September 21, 1999
    Watching Television Causes Asthma?!

    We know that kids who have asthma are more likely to be overweight. But is it that kids with asthma exercise less, and so become overweight - or is it that obesity can trigger asthma? (more…)…

    Could Childhood Obesity be a Genetic Disorder? Yes!
    July 29, 1999
    Could Childhood Obesity be a Genetic Disorder? Yes!

    The July issue of Pediatrics reports convincing evidence (from an investigation of twins growing up in different environments) that up to 80% of the variation in body fat between children is genetic a…

    Childhood Obesity
    June 5, 1996
    Childhood Obesity

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Obesity, or over-nutrition, is the generalized accumulation of fat both beneath the skin and throughout the body. Some children are big, or stocky, because they have large skeleta…