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    From the Kitchen to the Bedroom

    Today's parents need to know. New information has recently been uncovered about an important link: the link between kids' sleep quality and obesity. The link is more profound and more specific than ma…

    Peacefully Sleeping Toddler
    You Are What You Sleep

    How your children sleep may change their body composition ? their lean body mass, total body fat, abdominal fat, and waist and hip circumference. A fascinating new study showed tight links between kid…

    Obesity Media Campaigns: Why Is It Okay to Call Children Fat?

    "It's hard to be a little girl if you're not." Those were the hurtful words on just one of the many billboards used in the Strong 4 Life campaign in Georgia in 2012. The ads were intended to be helpfu…

    Early Puberty in Girls
    Early Puberty in Girls

    Dr. Greene's take on early puberty: Question: My 8 yr old daughter is showing signs of premature onset of pubery; she has adult-grade underarm odor, blemishes, headaches, and a few hairs under her arm…

    Starting Solids: An Exciting Reason to Be Thankful
    Starting Solids: An Exciting Reason to Be Thankful

    Last Thanksgiving I announced a bold campaign, spearheaded by an amazing band of volunteers, to upgrade babies' first foods to real foods ? and babies' first grains to whole grains ? and to do this in…

    Pediatricians’ Trick-or-Treat Bags

    Each year thousands of pediatricians gather for a national conference to catch up on the latest science and with each other. There's also a huge exhibit hall, as in so many professional and trade conf…

    Food Day: A Great New Holiday
    Food Day: A Great New Holiday

    Food Day, my favorite new holiday, is a simple but profound celebration of something all humans share ? we become the food we eat. The first annual Food Day (foodday.org), debuts October 24, sponsored…

    To Solve Obesity
    To Solve Obesity, We Must Change the Way We Feed Babies

    Waiting until school age is too late, according to a welcome 2011 Institute of Medicine report called Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policies. The report documents the critical role of early learn…

    Cultivating Healthy Eating Habits
    Cultivating Healthy Eating Habits

    What we've learned from ongoing nationwide efforts to reduce childhood obesity (and all the other health issues that come along for the ride), is that early prevention is easier than intervention once…

    Healthy Eaters from the Cradle
    Healthy Eaters from the Cradle

    As nearly everyone has heard by now, America is in the midst of an epidemic of childhood obesity that has created a growing health crisis for our kids. According to the Nestle Nutrition Institute's be…

    Choose Your Future
    Choose Your Future

    Every time you choose a food, you choose your future ? the future of your body, your community, our land, our water, and our air. You might be choosing a future that's better, that's worse, or that st…

    Kids' Meal Toys with Unhealthy Fast Food?
    Kids’ Meal Toys with Unhealthy Fast Food?

    Our county was the first in the nation to ban restaurants from using toy giveaways to lure kids to high-calorie, high-fat, high-sodium, high-sugar kids' meals. Under the ban it is fine to offer toys w…

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    An Unprecedented Experiment on our Children

    From 1973 to 1999, childhood cancers increased by 26 percent, making cancer the greatest health threat to children. Currently, one in a 100 8-year-old children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with aut…

    Chemicals Increasingly Linked to Obesity and How You Can Fight Fat
    Chemicals Increasingly Linked to Obesity and How You Can Fight Fat

    Obesity has become a national epidemic and it is increasingly creeping into the youngest of our population. In fact, an alarming new study reports that 1 in 5 American 4-year-olds is obese, up 300% si…

    Get Your Kids Up and Moving
    Get Your Kids Up and Moving

    We all know about the importance of fitting exercise into our daily lives. However, millions of Americans still do not get exercise regularly. With the obesity epidemic all around us, it is time for e…

    Chubby Babies: Is the Baby Fat Here to Stay?
    Chubby Babies: Is the Baby Fat Here to Stay?

    Dr. Greene's take on baby fat... How quickly does being overweight affect health? Overweight babies and toddlers under age 2 already show signs of health problems according to a study in the August 20…

    ADHD and Obesity in Kids
    ADHD and Obesity in Kids

    The diagnosis of ADHD increased 100 percent in just a decade. The percentage of kids who are overweight increased 100 percent between 1980 and 2002 (and increased 200 percent in teens). Is there a lin…

    Cholesterol, Drugs, and Kids
    Cholesterol, Drugs, and Kids

    Controversial new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics call for more children to get their cholesterol checked, starting as young as age 2, and for some kids to be started on statin drug…

    Burning Fat
    Burning Fat

    What kind of exercise is most effective for burning fat in children? A new study delivers an objective answer. It's no secret that childhood obesity has become a major problem, nor that physical activ…

    Soccer and Weight Loss
    Soccer and Weight Loss

    A fun, practical, affordable way to help overweight kids? My friend and colleague, Dana Weintraub, MD, from the Division of General Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine and the Lucile …