Hannah was put on Weight Watchers, for the first time, at age seven. It was a must she be put on the program because her mother was adamant that "no one will ever love you if you are fat." Perhaps even worse than lack of love in her mother's view, she was certain there are no fat cheerleaders.
You go the trouble of making a balanced dinner only to be met with resistance from your children. The answer is not to choose between the lesser of two evils: making kids eat or cooking an alternative meal. All you need to solve this problem is to institute and enforce some very simple rules. These family dinner rules help mealtime run smoothly while setting clear limits.
Thin was in, so chubby at six, I was put on a diet. Diets were also in. In fact, perhaps a peculiar corollary to the sexual revolution, was the mass diet industry. Women were dieting. Mothers were dieting. So for the first time, it was conceivable that little girls could diet along, too.
Twitter has recently added the ability to create polls in its latest update and I have taken full advantage of this new feature by fully engaging the public on both current events and some of the greater dilemmas of our time.
Sharing a meal is a great way to connect and can be an entry point to discussing important life issues in a relaxed and comfortable environment. This is exactly what Chef Bryce Fluellen aims to do with his "KIDS AT THE TABLE" program.
The real "threat" is all the sugar that has sneaked into the child's normal diet the remaining 364 days throughout the year. Halloween may be an annual event, but sugar consumption by our children is perennial.
To fully appreciate how misguided such sponsorship is, it is worth reviewing what real, solid scientific research shows about the relation between soft drink consumption and the epidemic of obesity and diabetes now affecting children in the United States.
Even a temporary period of poverty puts a child at risk of lifelong disadvantage. So when 39 percent of our children are being exposed to such harm, that is a public health crisis -- quite possibly the most serious one this country has ever faced.
The three most important things you can do to reduce your risk of breast cancer and other major diseases include a colorful plant-based diet, limiting alcohol consumption and controlling your weight. It's about time we start to look at prevention of breast cancer as opposed to early detection.
I'm not saying that we haven't made progress on the epidemic that is childhood obesity. We have -- but it's still an epidemic.
If it's Fort Worth, Texas, it takes action "the Fort Worth Way." That is, through a grass-roots, public-private partnership of engaged civic leadership, the business community and volunteers determined to solve problems collaboratively.
In the past 30 years, Americans have consumed more and more added sugars in the foods they eat and the beverages they drink. Is it any wonder why we have seen obesity become an epidemic in our country?
The implementation of the new standards has been accompanied by real concerns about food waste, and it will never be easy to decide just how much our nation is willing to spend on children's lunches. But renewing the child nutrition programs means supporting beautifully bipartisan goals.
"Listen to the stories your food can tell you," my Italian granddad always says. So commences the bedtime story In the Kitchen with Grandad. Running to 26 pages and focusing on Italian cuisine, it is the first paperback in a series of vignettes on international cooking.
One in three children in the United States are overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Obesity affects qua...
Parents, teachers, school administrators, policymakers, and city planners are all responsible for helping to create a childhood obesity crisis. They must all now be responsible for helping to eradicate it.