Breakfast and Bad Teeth
    January 29, 2004
    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 Jo…

    More than 30% of Children
    January 8, 2004
    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 fas…

    Soft Drinks in Schools
    January 7, 2004
    Soft Drinks in Schools

    Dr. Greene's take on 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 turnin…

    Kids’ Meals
    November 4, 2003
    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…

    Dieting Causes Kids to Gain Weight?
    October 9, 2003
    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…

    A Weight and Fitness Report Card
    August 14, 2003
    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…

    Growth Curves
    August 5, 2003
    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 predi…

    Celebrating Good Health with Hearts N’Parks
    July 9, 2003
    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…

    Chubby Babies
    June 11, 2003
    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 ou…

    Couch Potatoes & Screen Potatoes Unpeeled
    May 29, 2003
    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 accu…

    Obesity: The Yogurt Solution
    April 24, 2003
    Obesity: The Yogurt Solution

    Dr. Greene's take on yogurt and obesity... In an effort to stay slim, many teenage girls forgo dairy products in favor of diet sodas. Ironically, research shows that calcium is important for maintaini…

    Childhood Obesity and Quality of Life
    April 9, 2003
    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 …

    Children Need More Play!
    February 14, 2003
    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 Activi…

    January 17, 2003
    Hunger and Boredom

    Dr. Greene's Answer: The last statistic that you gave is the most telling. Where a child is charted on the BMI growth curve predicts whether there will be an obesity problem later in life much more ac…

    Gastric Bypass Surgery for Kids
    November 13, 2002
    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 seve…

    November 3, 2002
    Sleep Apnea: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    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 kn…

    Early Puberty
    October 28, 2002
    Early Puberty: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    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. …

    Depression
    October 27, 2002
    Depression: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to depression: Mental illness severe enough to hinder kids from learning or developing appropriately is quite common -- but fewer than one in five affected children get the help they need…

    October 27, 2002
    Type 1 Diabetes: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Introduction to type 1 diabetes: When a child starts drinking more or urinating more frequently, the thought of type 1 diabetes (and now type 2 diabetes) often springs into the parents’ minds. When …

    Whole Grains Help
    July 31, 2002
    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 o…