The heart of the matter is, that with one-third of children in the United States overweight or obese, we need more programs and engagement with children to help them make healthier choices for life.
Knowledge is power -- it is the power in all our choices, from the food we choose to put on our tables to who we vote for in our local and national elections. Less Cancer must be everyone's priority, and I am grateful to the many people who have joined the fight.
On April 9, the Health Committee of the California State Senate passed Senate Bill 1000 (Monning), the Soda Warning Label Bill by a vote of 5-2. The ...
We need to reorient our cultural attitude about obesity so it is not an excuse to argue the respective merits of personal responsibility and public policy. Rather, if we are to fix it at its origins, we need to acknowledge that people who are empowered are most capable, and most inclined, to exercise responsibility.
Even though my son and I were on vacation, I continued to be a cardiologist, and the truth is, you can't really find a healthy meal at Disneyland, no matter how hard you try. Trust me, because we tried.
How in the world this story got spun into evidence against soda taxes is beyond me.
I am not a nutrition extremist. I believe in birthday cakes on birthdays, candy on Halloween and dessert on occasion. But much of the good work I do to build healthy eating habits in the home is sabotaged by unhealthy food being given to children everywhere they turn.
Our advice could be simple: "Eat real food. If they advertise it, don't buy it." The explanation simple as well: They advertise food and beverages because they want you to eat and drink products that are unhealthy."
The whole dynamic of feeding changes when parents learn to see things through their child's perspective. It not only helps them become more confident feeders, it ends the blame game.
Is it possible to save our teens from the adverse health impacts of sugary drink consumption without destroying the livelihood of the C-store shopkeeper? What kind of transformation of the C-store would be needed for this to happen?
Some have pointed out the fine details of the study, which showed that obesity rates for the rest of the population remained steady while the rate of obesity actually increased for women over 60 years old. Nonetheless, a decrease in obesity rates is always a positive sign.
Obesity is, in many ways that matter most, analogous to drowning.Individuals can, and for the most part should, learn to "swim" through our obesogenic culture. But those swimming lessons need to be accessible, affordable, applicable and actionable.
Yes, I agree, talk about health is key, as is a focus away from body image and on being a good person. But the fact is, we really don't want our children to be fat -- not only because it is unhealthy, but because in our uber competitive world, a fat person is less likely to be hired, or to be asked on a date -- and yes, all of that matters. Unfortunately, what's outside matters too.
When Sesame Street was deciding what was most important to teach preschool children in this country at the time, the answer was obvious. And so our Healthy Habits for Life program was born, giving children and their caregivers simple but powerful messages about nutrition, physical activity, and "eating one's colors."
The headline in the New York Times, was: "Obesity Rate for Young Children Plummets 43 Percent in a Decade." This, and similarly effusive headlines reverberating throughout the news media, would seem to invite the question: have we, in fact, turned the tide? Is the mission accomplished?
A burgeoning body of research is pointing to the importance of the first few years of life for influencing long-term health, including an individual's weight as an adult.