March 10, 2014
    The Video That Coca-Cola And McDonald’s Hope You Never See and You Should Watch NOW!

    Can you guess how much money the food industry spends marketing to kids? It's a shocking amount, but here's the thing -- it's not enough to just turn off the television. Now kids are marketed to on ev…

    Switching to Low Fat Milk May not Reduce Calories or Weight
    May 13, 2011
    Switching to Low Fat Milk May not Reduce Calories or Weight

    A May 2011 study has already changed what I tell parents about nonfat milk. Commonly, parents are counseled to switch their children from whole milk to low fat or nonfat milk by age 2 or 3, in an effo…

    ADHD and Obesity in Kids
    July 14, 2008
    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…

    Chubby Average Predicts Disaster
    October 28, 2004
    Chubby Average Predicts Disaster

    When my wife and I were born, American teenage girls, aged 12 to 17, weighed an average of 118 pounds. Some weighed more and some weighed less. Today, the average has swollen to 130 pounds. And teenag…

    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…

    November 2, 2002
    Obesity: A-to-Z Guide from Diagnosis to Treatment to Prevention

    Related concepts: Over-nutrition Introduction to obesity: You've probably already heard that we are raising the most overweight, out-of-shape generation of children in history. On January 21, 2011, th…

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

    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 ear…

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

    Introduction to 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 should …

    January 5, 1999

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Fiber is very important for kids’ health and behavior. Children age 1 to 3 need at least 19 grams a day. By age 4, the minimum goes up to 25 grams. Try to incorporate some fiber…

    Sugar and Children's Diet
    January 5, 1999
    Sugar & Children’s Diet

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Children do not need to eat large amounts of sugar. In the 1800s, the average American consumed 12 pounds of sugar per year. By 1975, however, after the overwhelming success of th…

    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…