Video Games Make Kids Fat? Well, Yes and No

Playing interactive video games helps kids stay fit. Credit: Getty Images
Playing video games makes kids fat.
So say researchers at the Eastern Ontario Research Institute in Canada who ... ZAP! Oops, those guys just got vaporized...
Studies offer two different views on video games and obesity. But are they really that different?

Families That Eat Dinner Together, Stay Slim Together, Study Finds

Kids who ate meals regularly with their family were 24 percent more apt to eat healthy. Credit: Getty Images
Taking time to sit down and eat as a family at dinner could help keep your children at healthy weights.
A new study publish...
Kids who eat frequent meals with their families eat healthier than those who do not.

Does Parenting Make Being Healthy - and Thin - Too Hard?

They say nothing really changes when you turn 40. It's true. It's 41 that's the kicker. I turned 41 last December and have since experienced all sorts of surprising changes, like hair where once there was none and eyes -- eyes which have always se...Are you happy in the skin you are in?

Opinion: Happy Meal Toy Lawsuit Is Out to Lunch

Will banning Happy Meal toys make kids eat healthier? Credit: Ben Stansall, AFP / Getty Images
Fighting childhood obesity is a good thing. Unfortunately, some folks are too focused on the toys in our kids' hands rather than the unhealthy food i...

White House Annoyed by School Lunch Campaign

Did this public service announcement cross the line? Credit: Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine
When it comes to the First Daughters, everything is off-limits. Even if it's for a good cause. White House officials are annoyed by a...

"My Kid Will Only Eat White Food!"

Welcome to Dishing it Out, ParentDish's weekly food column. Katie Workman lives in New York City with her husband and two boys, Jack and Charlie. By day she is the Editor-in Chief of the recipe website You can read all of the Dishing i...

The end of the bake sale?

It's a traditional, and often delicious way for schools, PTAs, and student groups to make money -- the bake sale. Parents chip in by contributing their favorite goodies, and students chip in by buying them. Win/win, right? Wrong, says California, who...

DailyDish - Healthy treats for Halloween

Tired of too much candy? Try these treats instead....

Does exercise help pregnant women stop smoking?

One would think the obvious answer to that question is yes. One would surmise that exercise would help anyone stop smoking, right? After all, you're striving to do something healthy, sort of the opposite of smoking, by getting out there and running...

The Wiggles top list of richest Aussie performers

Moms and dads of the under-5 set know them well. They're The Wiggles, the colorful, noisy, silly children's musical group from Australia. I remember the first time I saw them -- pre-motherhood -- and I thought, "What the heck? Are they for real?" But...

Healthy kid foods - not so healthy

Anyone who has ever taken a child to the grocery store knows that food marketers who target children know their stuff. Sugary cereals are on the bottom shelf, and beloved cartoon characters adorn box after box of chewy, gooey, treats. Though marketer...

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 m...

Giving in to the fear

The first time a woman goes through a pregnancy she carries with her a certain fear, or perhaps an anxiety. It is the fear of the unknown, of not having control, of not being able to predict or manage the outcome. One would think that after going ...

Kids are indeed willing to eat healthy food

Despite earlier claims to the contrary, a new study has found that kids are not reluctant to eat healthy food. A University of Minnesota study found recently that school lunch sales don't decline when healthier meals are served, and, better, that tho...

At a loss (for words)

The other day I found myself in the most awkward of conversations. I was speaking with a woman who I'd only met one other time. She'd asked me about my son the time before and we were discussing him again on this most recent occasion. At one point...


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