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

Teens who beat obesity at risk for eating disorders

Adolescents who were once overweight or obese are at high risk of developing an eating disorder, but receiving appropriate treatment is often delayed because of their weight history. Teens who were once overweight or obese are at a significant risk of developing an eating disorder as they lose weight, but identification and treatment of the condition is often delayed because of their weight history, researchers say. “For some reason we are just not thinking that 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

Mom’s Depression Tied to Childhood Obesity

In low-income urban families, a mother’s depression is linked to childhood obesity and disengaged parenting. “We know many mothers experience feelings of sadness and depression. Despite this awareness, many mothers really suffer in silence and don’t feel comfortable [talking to someone about their feelings],” said Dr. Rachel S. Gross, lead author of the study. While most research shows a link between a mother’s feelings of depression and a child’s development and social health, “This was 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

Obesity Could Be the Culprit Behind U.S. Sleep Apnea Increases

The findings of a new study point to the U.S. obesity epidemic as a potential culprit in the increases insleep apnea rates. The relatively small study looked only at subjects in Wisconsin. According to PsychCentral, the lead author of the University of Wisconsin-Madison study, Paul Peppard, Ph.D., estimates that between 80 and 90 percent of an increase in sleep apnea symptoms is likely due to increasing obesity in the United States. Sleep apnea is a Read More

New Strategy to Reduce Teen Obesity: Sleep More!

Talk about a win-win deal: A new study suggests that sleeping an additional hour each night may reduce the prevalence of adolescent obesity. Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania discovered that fewer hours of sleep is associated with greater increases in adolescent body mass index (BMI) for participants between 14 and 18-years-old. Investigators say the findings suggest that increasing sleep duration to 10 hours per day, especially for those 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

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