Providing nutrition education and an understanding about proper nutrition is the only way to change what is becoming a self-inflicted and historic crisis for Americans.
There's one barrier to overcoming childhood obesity that might be a surprise. Asthma. For more than 4 million children with uncontrolled asthma, the simple mantra of "eat less, move more" might be easier said than done.
We aren't going to get anywhere in the fight against childhood obesity if we don't deal with the biggest risk factor. To me, it's worth hurting some feelings if we save some lives.
Parents have long felt outgunned when battling the food industry for the hearts and minds of their children. The latest frontier is ads on smartphones and tablets. New technologies allow companies to directly reach children by placing their products in games for touch-screen devices.
Feet, forks, and fingers could reshape our personal medical destinies, and modern public health, dramatically, for the better. We have known this for decades. So why doesn't it happen?
A new study indicates that obese children and adolescents, as compared to their lean counterparts, have less sensitive taste buds. The researchers suggest that this difference in taste sensitivity may be an explanation for the development of obesity.
If we and our children are eating hot dogs every day, what are we learning and teaching? We certainly aren't teaching our taste buds very much and we likely are not hitting half of the nutrition notes we need every day.
In 2024, the sight of fruits and vegetables on lunch trays will simply be a given. Kids will not expect daily desserts, a crutch often used by districts in the past to meet the old regulations' calorie minimums. They will have no memory of the "good old days."
For people, ideas matter. If, based on what they assume is sound science, people believe that eating X or Y or Z is healthful, that belief is very likely to influence their behavior. So it's important that the science shaping that behavior is accurate. That's what NuSI is going to tackle.
Studies have shown time and again that eating together has multiple benefits for everyone involved, but especially for children.
The "war on obesity" is in desperate need of reframing and reconceptualization if it hopes to progress and fix some gargantuan wrongs.
It's back-to-school month with no letup in our country's interminable decline into child illiteracy and obesity.
When schools work with students to address academic requirements along with nutrition and physical activity needs, they improve health and readiness to learn, and contribute immeasurably to the long-term success not only of our children, but of our country as well.
If we want to reverse the obesity epidemic -- as we must -- then the policies we choose must be more nuanced and more positive. Copying the heavy-handed war on tobacco, as Mayor Bloomberg is doing with his war on soda, will fail.
Stop playing the blame game and get to work -- at home and at your child's school.
What makes it more likely that an overweight or obese 5th grader won't remain obese by the 8th grade? Location, location, location!