Opinion: Happy Meal Toy Ban Is Just Plain Sad

Have you ever wondered why so many kids these days are obese? Is it because they eat food such as the McDonald's Cheeseburger Happy Meal, which contains more than 1,000 milligrams of sodium? Or is the free Beanie Baby that comes in the box to blame...

Kids' Health Is All Talk, Not Enough Action

It is frustrating to read or hear the latest reports on kids' health in North America, since it doesn't actually seem to change. When I look back to the research even 20 years ago, kids were becoming overweight and it was recommended they eat healthi...

Minority Kids at Risk for Obesity Even Before Birth, Study Says

Family income, cultural customs and beliefs are all factors that put minority kids at risk for obesity -- before they even leave the womb.
According to the Associated Press, researchers looked at more than a dozen circumstances that can increa...

Rate of Chronic Diseases Doubling in Children

Chronic health conditions among U.S. children took a significant leap, more than doubling from 12.8 percent in 1994 to 26.6 percent in 2006. Researchers from MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston followed three separate groups of child...

Number of medicated kids on the rise

A spike in the number of children taking medication for chronic health problems such as diabetes and asthma has doctors wondering if the number of kids with these diseases is actually on the rise, or if treatment of the conditions has changed in the ...

McDonald's burgers built to last

Karen Hanrahan is a wellness educator who teaches a workshop titled Healthy Choices for Children. Her class is for parents and is intended to teach them about healthy alternatives to the processed food products so widely available today. To illustrat...


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