Ear Infections Latest Cause of Childhood Obesity, New Study Says

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Does This Formula Make Me Look Fat? Breast-Feeding and Childhood Obesity

Breast-feeding is Weight Watchers for the stroller set. That's if you swallow the hype that breast-feeding "protects" babies in the battle of the bulge. True, studies have found lower rates of obesity among children who were breast-fed. Surgeo...Breast-feeding is Weight Watchers for the stroller set. That's if you swallow the hype that breast-feeding "protects" babies in the battle of the bulge.

Exercise Helps Overweight Kids Do the Math

Regular exercise boosts brain power. Credit: Corbis
In addition to making fewer trips to the drive-thru, now there's a new incentive to get chubby kids off the couch and to the gym. Turns out that regular exercise not only helps over...
Not only does exercise benefit your child's health, but a new study finds that it could help their report card, too.

Junk Food Ads and Childhood Obesity

Kids are bombarded by advertising for junk food and fast food everywhere they turn. Credit: Corbis Even when marketed as "now with real juice!" or "contains 10 essential vitamins," a sugary soda with 300 calories just isn't good for yo...Kids are bombarded by advertising for junk food and fast food everywhere they turn.

First Lady Michelle Obama Celebrates the First Year of 'Let's Move!'

Michelle Obama discussed the Let's Move! campaign on the "Today" show on Feb. 9, 2011. Credit: Peter Kramer, AP Photo/NBC Universal, Inc. Today marks the first anniversary of Let's Move!, the comprehensive initiative launched last year...The first lady says she wants kids to understand that "exercise" is just a code word for "play."

What Makes Kids Fat? Here's the Latest Answer

Feeding babies solid food before 4 months can lead to childhood obesity, a new study says. Credit: Getty Why do kids get fat? What a dumb question. The answer is obvious: lack of sleep. No, that's not right. Kids actually get fat ...New study offers another new explanation for childhood obesity.

Study Links Working Moms to Fat Kids

Moms who work may have heavier kids. Credit: Getty All you working mothers can quit feeling guilty about leaving your children as you head to the office. The kids are fat and happy. Well, fat anyway. Researchers say the more ye..."Mommy's working late again. Can we have Twinkies for dinner like last night?"

Lack of Shut-Eye Leads to Supersized Kids, Study Says

Watching your child's weight? Make sure she's getting enough shut-eye. Credit: Getty Point the finger all you want at Ronald McDonald, but french fries and fast-food chains aren't the only things responsible for supersizing the nation'...Add lack of sleep to the list of contributors to childhood obesity.

Warning: Drinking Can Lead to Chubby Children

A drink for Mom or Dad could mean more cake for Junior. Credit: Corbis
If you're a boozer, you're going to lose your family, friends and self respect while you die like a pig in the gutter.
And you know what else? Your kids are goin...
Parents who booze it up may end up with kids who over-eat, study shows.

Feeding Babies With Formula Could Put Kids at Risk for Obesity

A new study shows baby formula can lead to childhood obesity. Credit: Getty If you're planning on feeding your baby infant formula rather than breast milk, first, get ready for an ugly debate with other new moms and random people who...A new study warns that formula puts kids on a path of obesity.

Bah Humbug! Happy Meals Under Attack in Court

Happy Meal toys lure kids to life of obesity, a new lawsuit says. Credit: David Paul Morris, Getty Images Tell it to the judge, Ronald. A consumer watchdog group -- on behalf of a mom who says her kids nag her until she lets them ...Are Happy Meals making kids fat? This lawsuit says, yes.

Vending Machines at School Impact Students' Nutrition, Study Says

Selections in school vending machines have a direct impact on whether a student's daily food intake is balanced, a new study shows. Credit: Paul J. Richards, AFP / Getty Images
The saying "you are what you eat" may need to be changed to "you are ...
Today's school lunch? How about chips, soda, a candy bar and maybe some cookies? Just hit the vending machine.

Parents Can Sue Schools for Skipping Gym Class, Court Rules

Although childhood obesity is rising at an alarming rate, many school districts are minimizing physical activity. Credit: Yuri Gripas, AFP/Getty Images
In an ironic turn of events, schools are now getting in trouble for skipping gym class. Acc...
According to a ruling this week by the California Court of Appeals, parents can take their children's public schools to court to force them to provide the minimum amount of physical education required under state law.

More Parents Putting Babies on Diets

A chubby baby used to be considered healthy, but now is often looked at as a health risk waiting to happen. Credit: Keith Brofsky, Getty Images
It used to be that a pudgy baby was a joy to behold, with chubby cheeks just begging to be pinched by ...
In an extreme case earlier this year in Washington state, a couple was found guilty of starving their baby by putting laxatives in her bottle so she wouldn't gain weight.

Will You Eat Healthy This Thanksgiving?

Are you counting calories this Thanksgiving? Credit: Mitch Hrdlicka, Getty Images Thanksgiving is about three things -- football, family and food. (Not necessarily in that order.) Let's focus on the food. There has been a lot of t...


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