obesity 

Kids' Neck Sizes Could Indicate Risk of Obesity Disorders

If the vampires from "Twilight" would look at your child's plump neck and drool, you might have problems. Kids with chubby necks risk more than joining the army of the undead: They could be fat. Measuring the circumference of a kid's neck...

He Ain't Heavy, He's My Toddler: Parents in Denial Over Their Kids' Weight

You are absolutely right. Your preschooler is not fat. He is ... fluffy. OK, really fluffy. Morbidly fluffy. Oh, who are you trying to fool? You're raising the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. But if you find yourself in denial about your tubby...

Prescription Drug Use On the Rise in Children

More than one in four insured children are now reported to regularly take prescription medication in the U.S. Credit: Getty Images
Prescription drug use in American children rose by 5 percent in 2009, the highest of any other single...

School Lunches Make Kids Fat, But Adding a School Breakfast Counters Effect

Is mystery meat beefing up your kid? Credit: Getty Images
One of the most potent weapons in the battle against childhood obesity is offering kids a school breakfast -- but school lunch alone can make kids fat, an upcoming study shows. ...

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...

Oregon Has Lowest Rate of Childhood Obesity

CHICAGO (AP) - What's the magic in Oregon that keeps kids lean? It's a mystery health officials would like to solve as they admit all states are failing -- by a mile -- to meet federal goals for childhood obesity.
Oregon has the nation's...

Obese Children More Likely to be Bullied

Forget race, gender, how much money your parents make or what kind of grades you get -- when it comes to being bullied in school, it's a kid's size that matters. A new study shows that kids who are seriously overweight are twice as likely to be...

Breast-Feeding Could Save Lives and Money, Research Finds

Breast milk could help prevent diabetes. Credit: Getty Images
If women breast-fed their babies for the first six months of life, more than 900 infant deaths would be prevented and the United States would save $13 billion dollars annually,...

The Truth About MSG: Not a Kid-Friendly Ingredient

Dear Karla, I have been hearing many of my friends (who are also parents) commenting on MSG and how they are trying to avoid it, as it is a really nasty ingredient and not something they want their family eating. As I have tried to gather...

High-Fructose Corn Syrup Makes Us Fat, but Sugar is a Sweet Problem, Too

Are all sweeteners created equal? Princeton University researchers say high-fructose corn syrup causes more weight gain and belly fat than other sugars, but critics aren't sold on the findings of this sweet study. The Princeton study publicized...

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...

Are You Raising a "Good" Eater?

As long as there have been mothers, children have been admonished: "Clean your plate!" Parents will go to great lengths to command, cajole or trick their picky kids into consuming the broccoli or beets left cold and uneaten. Doubtless, it's done with...

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...

Canadian Hospital Offers Surgery for Obese Children

A hospital in Canada offers some obese children surgery designed to help them lose weight and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other potential killers. The surgery is performed at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto....

Kids In Day Care Not Active Enough, Study Says

Kids in day care don't get enough physical activity, a new study says. Credit: mrpbps, Flickr
Kids who spend time in day care centers don't get enough time to engage in physical play, a recent study finds.
Newswire reports that researchers...

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