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Candy May Not Make You All That Fat, Study Says

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Candy makes kids fat, right?
Ha! Wrong, Captain Tofu! Revenge could be sweet for the candy crowd. The Vancouver Sun reports a new study finds kids who eat candy weigh less and are less likely be overweight...
Study funded by candy makers says candy's not that bad for you.

A Ha! One Bad Gym Teacher CAN Ruin You (Or Your Kid) For Life

There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who remember gym class fondly -- and those of us who remember it right up there with fetal pig dissection. In fact, we probably feel about gym the way the pig felt about bio....

Some Baby Foods are Junk Says Consumer Group

Babies love cookies, but are they a healthy choice?. Image: sxc.hu
Some baby foods might be as fatty as a cheeseburger, a British consumer group recently found, or contain as much sugar as a cookie. The Children's Food Campaign surveyed more than...

Big Babies - Are They An Obesity Risk?

Both of my girls were born in the 95th percentile for height and weight. At one month, my firstborn was still gaining rapidly. "If she keeps this up," I remember our pediatrician saying, "She's going to be a six feet tall by age four." She isn't,...

Books are good for body as well as brain

It's important for kids to read in order to become well-rounded, knowledgeable adults and positive members of society. It turns out there's another benefit to reading -- it can lead to weight loss. Scientists at Duke Children's Hospital in North...

British schools ban the word "obese"

Officials in the UK have chosen to ban the word "obese" from letters being sent to parents about their children's weight. Instead the parents of these children will receive a letter saying such children are "very overweight." The move is being called...

Kids' meals unhealthy

Newsflash--what you're feeding your children when you take them out to dinner is not healthy! A new report says that kids meals at top chain restaurants are full of salt, fat and calories. The restaurants in question are the likes of McDonald's,...

A memoir of growing up fat

Ah, summer. It's nearly upon us. As adults, many of us think back upon that season with a sense of nostalgia--the time off from school seemed to last forever, and whatever did we do with all of it? For others of us, though, summer brings back some...

Georgia to track students' BMI

A new law in Georgia requires schools to measure and track students' body-mass index in order to help combat widespread problems with obesity; more than one third of the students in the state are considered overweight. They're not the first; several...

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...

Wild colors in the name of science

I stumbled across this video of a pretty nifty experiment that's easy to do, is dirt cheap -- you probably have most, if not all, of the ingredients already -- and will totally amaze and wow your kids. Yes, even your jaded teenagers. Simply fill a...

Obese kids miss more school

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University finds that being overweight is the best predictor for school absenteeism. Researchers say that elementary school kids who are obese miss more school days than their normal-weight...

Spare tire

A fluffy pillow. That is how Hud describes my stomach we settle in to watch whatever screechy episode of animation that's on when I get home from work. Hud is at an age where he is beginning to differentiate between body shapes and has recently began...

Study: obesity is 'socially contagious'

Take a look at your closest friends and family. According to researchers at the University of California, if any of them are obese, you have an increased chance of becoming obese as well. They found this to be true even if those close friends and...

Study: Rural kids more likely to be obese

Another study about overweight kids. This one says that children living in rural areas are 25 percent more likely than city kids to be overweight or obese. Researchers at University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford reached this conclusion...

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