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Texas kids not so fit

According to the results of what is being called the largest test of its kind, kids in Texas aren't doing so well in the whole fitness and health area. More than two and a half million students were tested and the study found that the majority of kid...

In marriage, does size matter?

When I was pregnant my husband and I had this running joke that I could get as big as I liked so long as I didn't weigh more than he did by the end of the pregnancy. It was more a self-imposed rule that my husband used to make fun of. I'd started ou...

Sweet 16 as Miss England Finalist

Yes, Chloe Marshall is sixteen years old, but that's not the sixteen that's getting her noticed. The teenager won the title of Miss Surrey and is now a finalist for this year's Miss England beauty contest. What has gotten her noticed more so than oth...

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 ...

Finish your Milk

I had a parent ask me for some advice about a situation at her daughter's school. The girl, a kindergartener, eats lunch in the cafeteria most days, where she gets the same amount of food and milk as kids twice her age. While she likes milk and is us...

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, ...

Kelly Osbourne rejects celebrity's skinny obsession

I've yet to meet a woman who isn't at least partially hung-up about how she looks -- or, more specifically, about how skinny she is (or isn't). While I understand that -- especially given the rising obesity rates -- it's important to eat well, and ex...

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 th...

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 free-for-a...

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 hea...

315-pound girl to play on high school football team

Holley Mangold's older brother was a football star. After a successful college career at Ohio State, he went on to an NFL career as a center with the New York Jets. Now, even though many are still resistant to the idea, Holley is following in her b...

Shanna Moakler: Kids are worth it

Former Playboy playmate and actress Shanna Moakler says that having kids is worth the post-baby body. In fact, she loves how her body has changed since giving birth to eight-year-old Atiana (whose father is boxer Oscar De La Hoya), three-year-old Lan...

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 fam...

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, o...

Liv Tyler changes tune about her post-baby body

Before you have kids, you make all these plans about how you're going to raise them and what you're going to do as a parent. You say you'll never take them to McDonald's, then you find yourself in the middle of nowhere with two screaming, starving ki...

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