Childhood Obesity Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Childhood Obesity and Quality of Life

    Childhood Obesity and Quality of Life

    We hear in the news that the percentage of American children who are obese has doubled in the last twenty years, and that the rate of increase continues to rise. Today about 1 in 7 children are obese — on average more than one child in every classroom.

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  • Children Need More Play!

    Children Need More Play!

    We know that active play improves school performance, concentration, mood and behavior. We know that obesity in children in skyrocketing.  HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson’s report, “Physical Activity Fundamental to Preventing Disease,” estimates that more than a quarter of a million Americans die each year as a result of a sedentary lifestyle.

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  • Hunger and Boredom

    Hunger and Boredom

    My 3-year-old says she’s hungry all the time. She wants to eat every five minutes–even after a meal. Should I just let her munch on healthful snacks at will, or refuse her food outside of snacks and meals? Her…

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  • Gastric Bypass Surgery for Kids

    Gastric Bypass Surgery for Kids

    In a bold article called Childhood Obesity: A New Pandemic of the New Millennium, published in the November 2000 issue of Pediatrics, the authors chronicle how the  obesity problem has become so severe that the drastic measure of gastric bypass surgery is emerging as an option for children. While this may be the best option […]

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  • Sleep Apnea

    Sleep Apnea: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Snoring, Obstructive sleep apnea, OSAS, Adenotonsillar hypertrophy Introduction to sleep apnea: Parents are quick to mention some things to their pediatrician: fevers, seizures, and bleeding. Snoring is another important symptom that your child’s doctor needs to know about, though it often goes unreported. Any child who snores may have obstructive sleep apnea, and […]

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  • Early Puberty

    Early Puberty: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Precocious puberty Introduction to early puberty: When childhood is ending, it often feels like it has all gone by too fast. It’s bittersweet watching our children’s bodies change into those of young men and women. How much more poignant when puberty arrives earlier than expected!

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  • Depression

    Depression: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Major Depression, Mood Disorders, Dysthymic Disorder, Childhood Depression, Infant Depression. Introduction to depression: United States Surgeon General David Satcher released a report in January 2001 describing a mental health crisis in children. Mental illness severe enough to hinder kids from learning or developing appropriately is quite common — but fewer than one in […]

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  • Type 1 Diabetes

    Type I Diabetes: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Diabetes mellitus – type I Introduction to diabetes: When a child starts drinking more or urinating more frequently, the thought of diabetes often springs into the parents’ minds. When should parents be concerned? What is diabetes? In healthy children a hormone called insulin pushes sugar from the blood into the body’s cells where […]

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  • Whole Grains Help

    Whole Grains Help

    Parents need to know that white bread vs. whole wheat is not a trivial question. Whether or not children eat whole grains could have a major impact on their health. The current epidemic of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes has been making headlines.

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  • Cardiovascular Health in Children

    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 elderly. Over the last twenty years it has become increasingly clear that atherosclerosis – damage to the heart […]

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