Childhood obesity rates have nearly tripled in the previous 30 years and researchers are asking the important question of how this epidemic will impact the future health of these obese children and public health in general. A University of Colorado Cancer Center article recently published in the journal Gerontology shows that even in cases in which obese children later lose weight, the health effects of childhood obesity may be long-lasting and profound. Continue reading
April 8, 2013, Reuters
By Genevra Pittman
Shrinking the size of kids’ plates and bowls and encouraging them to eat more frequently throughout the day might help them eat less and keep off extra weight, new research suggests.
In one study, researchers found first-graders served themselves smaller portions when using miniaturized dishware – and ate less food when they had less on their plate.
Another review of past research found kids and teens who ate most often during the day were 22 percent less likely to be overweight than those who ate the fewest meals and snacks. Continue reading
Jan. 18, 2013, RedOrbit
By Lawrence LeBlond
With the ever-present epidemic that is childhood obesity, it makes sense for parents to find ways to help teach their kids about healthy eating. A new study from the University of Illinois wants to help get that message across, especially to low-income families.
The researchers, led by Barbara H. Fiese, director of University of Illinois’ Family Resiliency Program, said when lower income families devote an extra three or four minutes to regular family mealtimes, it helps their children better learn to achieve and maintain normal waistlines. Continue reading
Dec. 18, 2012, WEKU/NPR Digital Network
By Al Cross and Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues
Many Kentucky parents don’t realize that their children are obese or overweight, or at least aren’t willing to acknowledge it. That is the obvious conclusion to draw from the latest results of the Kentucky Parent Survey, released Tuesday by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. Continue reading
Dec. 18, 2012, Education Week
By Julie Rasicot
Parents whose young children regularly attend day care outside the home apparently have more to worry about than increased exposure to colds or the flu. A new study suggests that attending day care could dramatically increase a child’s chances of becoming obese during childhood. Continue reading
Dec. 13, 2012, CNN Money
By Erika Fry
Ray Newlands calls himself “just a little guy from South Florida.” Kids call him “Short Chef”. And while those descriptions are physically apt — he’s 5’5” — height is not what Newlands is known (or named) for: He wears shorts while he cooks. And he gets big laughs. Continue reading
A policy brief released earlier this year from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reports that the obesity epidemic has slowed or halted altogether in several countries. Though the progression of the epidemic has decelerated, the overall rate of obesity remains high among both children and adults. Continue reading
Dec. 10, 2012, WebMD
By Rita Rubin
Limiting children’s salt intake could be one way to reduce childhood obesity, new research suggests.
The study of more than 4,200 Australian children aged 2 to 16 years old found that those who ate more salt also drank more fluids, particularly sugar-sweetened beverages — namely soda, fruit drinks, flavored mineral waters, and sports and energy drinks. Continue reading
Dec. 10, 2012, The New York Times
After decades of rising childhood obesity rates, several American cities are reporting their first declines.
The trend has emerged in big cities like New York and Los Angeles, as well as smaller places like Anchorage, Alaska, and Kearney, Neb. The state of Mississippi has also registered a drop, but only among white students. Continue reading
Dec. 3, 2012, Forbes
Social media may become an important weapon in the battle against childhood obesity, according to a new American Heart Association (AHA) scientific statement published in Circulation. However, the statement acknowledges that the evidence so far from published social media intervention studies has been “mixed” and that social media is also associated with troublesome drawbacks. Continue reading