Childhood Obesity Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • 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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  • Kids’ Meals

    Kids’ Meals

    The U.S. Surgeon General addressed us yesterday at the American Academy of Pediatrics 2003 annual meeting. He spoke about the obesity epidemic that is crippling our children and killing 300,000 people each year in the United States. He urged us to help kids get moving – at least 60 minutes of active play each day. […]

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  • Dieting Causes Kids to Gain Weight?

    Dieting Causes Kids to Gain Weight?

    The more often that children dieted, the more likely they were to become more overweight over the next three years, according to a study of 14,972 children in the October 2003 Pediatrics. Binge eating was also much more common in dieters than in non-dieters in the study.

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  • A Weight and Fitness Report Card

    A Weight and Fitness Report Card

    Elementary school children in Cambridge, Massachusetts recently came home with a different kind of report card from school, informing parents of their child’s body mass index (BMI) and what it means about their child’s weight and physical fitness. After all, habits of healthy eating and healthy physical activity are among the more important things that […]

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  • Growth Curves

    Growth Curves

    It’s time for a change! Plotting your child’s height and weight on a growth curve is a familiar feature of well-child-checks at your pediatrician’s office. The most useful growth chart for predicting and preventing obesity, the body mass index (BMI) chart, is also the least used.

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  • Celebrating Good Health with Hearts N’Parks

    Celebrating Good Health with Hearts N’Parks

    A summer festival in the park, splashing, swimming, enjoying new outdoor games, and old favorites… Dancing, biking, bouncing, jumping rope, roller-skating, playing volleyball or tennis or soccer…A festive tent, the aroma of a delicious picnic as participants learn how to grill low-fat foods… I’d like to introduce you to Hearts N’Parks, an exciting program now […]

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  • Chubby Babies

    Chubby Babies

    Almost every day I hear from parents or grandparents who are concerned because they feel that the babies they love just aren’t getting enough to eat. They try to coax them to take just a few more ounces from the bottle or a few more bites from the spoon. Some even put cereal in the […]

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  • Couch Potatoes & Screen Potatoes Unpeeled

    Couch Potatoes & Screen Potatoes Unpeeled

    There’s good news and bad news. Dramatically good and dramatically bad. Duke University announced on May 28, 2003 the results of their 5-year randomized study on body fat. Two kinds of body fat accumulate as we gain weight: subcutaneous fat (under the skin) and visceral body fat (in and around the organs). It’s the huge […]

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