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Weight loss surgery for kids

Considering all we've heard about the childhood obesity epidemic, it really should come as no surprise that parents are turning to surgical procedures to help their kids lose weight. According to a 2007 study, nearly 800 U.S. kids had weight-loss...

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...

Pregnancy and heartburn

Many of us will face the multitude of pregnancy ups and downs. During our first trimester we may be nauseous day and night, leading us to wonder why they call it morning sickness. We may swell in places we never dreamed could get any bigger. Our...

Bananas make baby boys?

According to a new study out of Britain's Oxford and Exeter Universities, a woman wishing to conceive a boy child would do well to stock up on bananas. Hold the penis jokes, this isn't about the phallic shape of the fruit, but the potassium in the...

Jenny McCarthy: Diet affects autism

Actress Jenny McCarthy believes that diet and vitamins can help ease the symptoms of autism. She's calling on doctors and others in the medical community nation wide to listen to her. Jenny's five-year-old son Evan is autistic and she travels...

What's with all the gas?

Like a lot of little kids, Ellie thinks farts are hilarious. Burps and other bodily functions will raise a chuckle, but nothing cracks her up quite like a loud, aromatic toot. Fortunately, at school and other public places, she makes an attempt to...

Fortified coffee to boost kids' nutrition?

American children are not the only lacking proper nutrition in their diets. Children in Mexico need a little help in that department as well and a Houston company has come up with a solution. Voyava Republic has joined forces with the Mexican coffee...

More kids geting kidney stones

Kidney stones are not just for adults anymore. Hard deposits that form in the kidneys when the urine is too concentrated is being seen in more children than ever before. As with most everything else that is going wrong with our bodies, bad diet and...

Finding time to exercise

I need to lose weight. I know it, my doctor knows it, anyone who knows me knows it. Knowing something, however, is not the same as doing something. And wanting to do something is not the same as being able to do something. Before the kids were born,...

Study: Sleep more to lose the baby weight

If you are having trouble dropping those pounds you gained during pregnancy, perhaps you just need more sleep. According to new research, getting a few extra hours in each day will not only help you feel better, but will assist you getting back to...

Hiding it

Next weekend, we will be attending a party where the eats will be primarily seafood. A close friend of mine is also going to be in attendance. The issue is, she's newly pregnant but doesn't yet want anyone to know. She confided in me and asked me for...

Obese toddlers more likely to be iron deficient

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics reveals that of the 960 U.S. kids aged 1 to 3 studied, 20 percent of those who were overweight suffered from iron deficiency. Lack of iron in the blood reduces the amount of oxygen carried through the...

Could obesity be caused by a virus?

Believe it or not, researchers say that it is possible that a common virus may be responsible for at least some cases of obesity. Scientists at Pennington Biomedical Research Center took stem cells, which can regenerate and turn into different types...

How much weight should a pregnant woman gain?

For some of us, becoming pregnant is like being handed a license to eat whatever we want, whenever we want. I personally only gained about 25 pounds when I was pregnant, but I gained it all within the first three months. After that initial...

Teaching little kids good eating habits really does pay off

At six years old, Ellie already knows about good fat, bad fat, protein, empty calories, etc. She's a rather picky eater, so we have lots of conversations about what is good for you and what is not. My hope is that these lessons will help her make...

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