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Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Why We Need to Intervene Early to Fight Childhood Obesity

Sania Nishtar | Posted 07.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Sania Nishtar

The rapidly rising rates of childhood obesity and subsequent increasing burden of disease and disability has grave social and economic consequences.

Another Angle on Childhood Obesity -- Empower the Child

Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. | Posted 11.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.

As a mom, pediatrician, integrative health expert and living healthy naturally M.D., I know that children can do this. They can beat the obesity crisis if we can create the right curriculum.

Declaring War on Childhood Obesity

Jake Steinfeld | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Jake Steinfeld

While fighting obesity is not easy, it can be done. By giving schools the tools, we can be assured of making great strides in battling this disease and the serious risks associated with it.

You're Most Likely To Be Obese If..

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 06.14.2013 | Black Voices

Seventy-two percent of African-American children are raised in single-parent households, according to the most recent figures from the Centers for Dis...

Kaiser Permanente's Obesity Prevention Interventions Prove to be a Success for Improving Children's Overall Health

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Kaiser Permanente's evaluation has shown promising results since it launched its Thriving Schools effort, aimed at helping students, staff and teachers focus on making healthy choices so that schools can become a focal point and beacon of health throughout entire communities.

The Rising Threat of Childhood Obesity

Lynn R. Goldman | Posted 06.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Lynn R. Goldman

As the mother of a high school student, I know how hard it can be to get teenagers to reach for wholesome snacks instead of junk food. Yet I also believe that judicious government interventions can tweak our environment in ways that make it easier to eat healthier food and get out and move.

Is The U.S. Fight Against Childhood Obesity Working?

Reuters | Posted 05.07.2013 | Black Voices

* Half of all Americans will be obese by 2030 - report * More companies vowing to take steps to address kids' weight * ...

Stop Typecasting Overweight Kids

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 03.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

The Duke Healthy Lifestyle program includes talking to children -- mostly adolescents -- and their families about healthy eating, and providing them with a fitness routine at a local gym. A program for the entire family to do together.

Alabama Adopts New Physical Fitness Assessment For Students In Grades 2-12

Posted 11.28.2012 | Education

In an effort to curb childhood obesity and promote health-related fitness, Alabama public schools have adopted the Alabama Physical Fitness Assessment...

School Lunches: Yet Another Diet Mishap?

Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE | Posted 12.17.2012 | Healthy Living
Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE

Please, America: Throw away the scales and stop focusing only on calories. Yes, calories are of extreme importance for weight management. But they are only of equal, or perhaps even lesser, significance than food quality.

Attacking an Epidemic From All Sides: One City's Success Story

Yael Lehmann | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Yael Lehmann

Too often when we talk about this nation's obesity crisis, we talk about it as an overwhelming, seemingly unsolvable problem. With 1 in 3 American children overweight or obese, the issue is an urgent one, but as one American city is showing us, a solution is possible.

Weight Problems Plague Students During School Hours

Posted 09.25.2012 | Education

Besides the obvious health problems associated with obesity -- such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes -- overweight children often fa...

We Need to Get Kids Moving -- Their Lives Depend on It

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 09.16.2012 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

We got it when it came to smoking. Now we need to do the same thing to tackle obesity and inactivity.

How to Address the Obesity Epidemic: Start Young

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 07.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Access to fresh groceries changed everything for Elijah and his mom. For many families in Los Angeles and other metro areas across the country, things are not as easy -- but they are getting better.

So Much for Quick Fixes: Active Video Games Don't Make Kids More Active

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2012 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

The real take-home of the study: if you want your kid to be healthy not just now but for life, you have to get them moving. You. Not the Wii. Not your kid's gym teacher. You.

Georgia Anti-Obesity Ads: Chloe McSwain, Child Actress In Campaign Speaks Out

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 01.24.2012 | Parents

Earlier this month, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta launched a series of anti-obesity ads that told parents to "Stop Sugarcoating" the issue of child...

Georgia Anti-Obesity Ads Say "Stop Sugarcoating" Childhood Obesity

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 01.03.2012 | Parents

A chubby, young girl stands with her arms crossed facing the camera. "WARNING: It's hard to be a little girl if you're not," reads the stark copy belo...

Preventing Childhood Obesity: Tips for Parents

Marisa Moore | Posted 12.12.2011 | Black Voices
Marisa Moore

We could debate why childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years but that won't do much to reverse the trend. Here are some ways to ward off childhood obesity starting with your own home today.

Nabbing The Obesity Epidemic At Its Roots

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 08.31.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cindy Haines

Thanks to a new report, we can trace the roots of adult obesity to a younger age than you might have suspected.

The Longer Mom Works, The More Overweight The Kids

Health | Matt McMillen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Over the past 35 years, the percentage of U.S. mothers who hold down a job while raising kids has soared, from less than 50 percent to more than 70...

Childhood Obesity and Diabetes: My Personal Mission

Andrea Pennington, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Andrea Pennington, M.D.

My personal decree: "Parents, take back the health of your family!"