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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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?"
Fairy Godmother, where are you? Illustration by Dori Hartley My daughters and I make our way down the Walmart frozen food and cereal aisle. I cast furtive glances around me, hoping not to see anyone we know from the girls' school. I ...This mom might not have much money, but that doesn't mean she isn't rich in family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ImagesThe 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.
Although childhood obesity is rising at an alarming rate, many school districts are minimizing physical activity. Credit: Yuri Gripas, AFP/Getty ImagesIn 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.
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 ImagesIt 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.