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When weight-loss camp is too expensive

Being overweight is tough for a kid. There are many options toward weight loss, but some are more (or less) appealing than others. For many, over the years, the weight-loss camp has been a dream. But, while "fat camp" is almost as American as apple...

"Pregorexia" takes moms by storm

(Click the photo to see which celebs might be "pregorexic") It seems like it should be common sense. Don't diet while pregnant. Yet for many moms these days that seems to be the trend. Many of them are successful at it--but at what cost to their...

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...

Does lack of sleep lead to obesity in kids?

A new study published today in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine suggests a link between lack of sleep and obesity. Researchers studied 915 children at six months, a year and two years as well as interviewed their parents to collect...

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...

Should schools send home 'weight notices'?

Flaurette Martinez says she doesn't really have problem with her daughter's school telling her that her kid is overweight. She does, however, have issues with the way they impart that information. Centennial K-8 school in Denver sends such notices...

Man undergoes gastric bypass in order to adopt child

When a Missouri judge prevented Gary and Cindy Stocklaufer from adopting a child they had been caring for since birth, it appeared that weight was the issue. Specifically, Gary 's 558 pounds. The judge ruled that 4-month-old Max, who is related to...

UK considers banning cars from school zones

Our friends over at Auto Blog are all about the cars. We, of course, are all about the kids. When cars and kids collide - well, that's a bad thing. Surprisingly, that's not the reason the UK's Institute for European Environmental Policy is looking...

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...

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...

Dieting between pregnancies bad for baby

Being pregnant means gaining weight - that is just the way it works. I know that when I was pregnant, I took the opportunity to indulge in whatever I craved. I gave birth twenty-five years ago and still remember the food I ate during my pregnancy. My...

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...

Chinese parents fear dancing may lead to love

Remember the Chinese government's plan to combat obesity with fancy footwork? It seems parents are concerned about the possible side effects of the plan -- the potential for their children to fall in love with their dance partners. This could lead,...

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