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

Breast-Feeding May Not Lead to Leaner Children

Breast-feeding is widely encouraged for its many positive health effects, but the claim that it reduces the risk for childhood obesity may be going too far. A randomized trial has found that even long-term exclusive breast feeding has no effect on obesity or stature in childhood. Researchers studied more than 13,000 breast-feeding mother-infant pairs in 31 maternity hospitals in Belarus in 1996 and 1997. About half the mothers followed a breast-feeding promotion program developed by Read More

Obesity Reduces Quality of Life in Boys

For boys, being overweight or obese significantly lowers their quality of life compared to healthy weight peers.  Interestingly, these results were not found in girls. The study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, also showed that quality of life (QOL) scores improved for children of either sex whose weight status changed from overweight/obese to normal. The research involved more than 2,000 Australian school children who were about 12 years old at the start of Read More

Childhood obesity linked to multiple sclerosis

A new study has found an association between childhood obesity and the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) in children and teenagers. Though still rare, pediatric MS is more common now than it was 30 years ago. Experts have theorized that obesity, because it causes a low-level state of inflammation, may contribute to MS. Two previous studies in adults have examined this link, both suggesting that moderate obesity at age 20 but not at other times Read More

Research links family’s role in reducing childhood obesity

Despite recent data showing that childhood obesity in the U.S. has begun to drop, overweight and obese kids and teens remain a personal and public health hazard. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 17 percent of children and adolescents ages 2-19 are obese—that’s roughly 12.5 million kids and teens. "The data indicate that children with obesity just don’t have as good a quality of life," said Ric Steele, professor of psychology Read More

Thanksgiving 2012: Obesity in America is Not Caused By Thanksgiving Dinner

Health writers love to panic about obesity. More than writing about organic food, fad diets, or new recipes, they love to pen news stories about the dangers of obesity and the costs it creates for society. But during the holiday season, the circus that is health reporting in this country grows even more ridiculous as stories about the worst holiday foods and how to eat healthy on Thanksgiving begin to pop up in the news. Read More

How To Handle Halloween Candy Cravings

Halloween is all about sweets! So it’s no surprise that Halloween can trip up even the most conscientious dieter. With Halloween and the end-of-year holidays looming, it’s important to determine a strategy for dealing with the temptation of sweets: what to eat, what to bring into the home and what to serve others. My philosophy is that all foods can be enjoyed in moderation. But there are special challenges posed by some foods, particularly sweets. Read More

In ‘Obesity Paradox,’ Thinner May Mean Sicker

A few years ago, Mercedes Carnethon, a diabetes researcher at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, found herself pondering a conundrum. Obesity is the primary risk factor for Type 2 diabetes, yet sizable numbers of normal-weight people also develop the disease. Why? In research conducted to answer that question, Dr. Carnethon discovered something even more puzzling: Diabetes patients of normal weight are twice as likely to die as those who are overweight or Read More