Childhood Obesity Month: Chartwells helps students get healthy

It has been suggested that the United States has a weight problem. While many walk around sporting a spare tire, unable to fit into their fall clothes, the biggest concern must lie with children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and food service companies around the country Read More

‘Fat Letters’ and the Childhood Obesity Debate (AUDIO)

Experts, parents split over schools’ role in weight screening If their kids are frequently tardy, truant or failing to turn in homework, parents of U.S. schoolchildren expect to be notified. And in some districts, they might be contacted about yet another chronic problem:obesity. The “fat letter” is the latest weapon in the war on childhood obesity, and it is raising hackles in some regions, and winning followers in others. “Obesity is an epidemic in our Read More

Ogden pediatrician: Childhood obesity serious

Every day, Dr. Isabel Cristina Lau encounters children who are obese and living with its related problems. The Ogden pediatrician said childhood obesity is common and serious and is leading children to be diagnosed with problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatty liver disease, acid reflux and stretch marks at earlier ages than ever before. Lau and Ogden Regional Medical Center registered outpatient dietitian Jennifer James spoke about the issue recently during Read More

Diabetes cases rising among youth: Doctors

Diabetic and pre-diabetic cases are on a steep rise in the country. The changing lifestyles among youth have also made it riskier day by day, says renowned diabetologist Dr Raka Shivhare. He further informed that a recent survey conducted by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) revealed that the prevalence of diabetes have also increased not only in urban areas but also in rural areas. To check such increasing problem among the citizens specially in Read More

Childhood obesity contributes to rise of diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a disease that once was called adult-onset diabetes. The name becomes less accurate when you consider Type 2 diabetes in children is on the rise, fueled largely by a childhood obesity epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The percentage of children age six to 11 years in the United States who were obese increased from seven Read More

Protect Your Kids from Overtesting

True story: I saw a 2-year-old as a follow-up to his trip to the emergency room a few days previously. He was a healthy boy who developed vomiting and diarrhea, and his worried parents took him to the ER. There, a truckload of x-rays, blood tests, and stool tests were done. Among the pages of results were a few that were somewhat abnormal, so they kept him in the hospital for about ten hours and Read More

Kids’ Health Roundup: Child Obesity and TV Ads, Parents’ Bad Math, and the Effect of Mom’s Stress on Babies

It was a banner weekend for news about moms and babies as the Pediatric Academic Societies convened in Boston for their annual meeting. Researchers discussed childhood obesity, medication errors and the effect of stress on babies in the womb, among other topics. Here’s a summary of some of the findings: Could food insecurity increase risk of obesity? While it’s fairly obvious that obesity is a result of eating too much, a more subtle cause may Read More

Child obesity expert explains why epidemic isn’t going away anytime soon

“The difficulty really comes in that once adolescents are obese, they more than likely will remain obese into and through their adulthood. There is no easy fix. It takes time, hard work and a drive to change habits that have been established for a long time,” said Garry Sigman, MD, a pediatrician and obesity expert at Loyola University Health System and associate professor of pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. The physical Read More

Nurturing healthy habits in your children

By Ray Innis Wow! I looked with interest. Yesterday, in the mist of visiting the water wall, I saw a mother, an older woman and four overweight, if not overtly obese children. Knowing the long-term consequences of childhood obesity, my mind drifted to the future of these children. “If they only knew what I did,” I thought. Children are often indulged in eating what they choose and when they choose, without reference to health. If Read More

New York City Battles Childhood Obesity (VIDEO)

By Peter Fedynsky The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States says every third adult and nearly every fifth child in America is obese.  But health officials in New York are touting an aggressive initiative that has resulted in a significant drop in the city’s childhood obesity rates. Alex Schimke is a trim and fit New York sixth grader.  He says he likes fruits, particularly strawberries.  But like most children, he admits Read More