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Reduce health costs by preventing childhood obesity

Obesity and obesity related illness accounts for an enormous health care expenditure in the US today: approaching 150 billion dollars annually.  In an era of health care reform and cost containment, preventative medicine is essential to success.  Rather than rearranging networks, separating doctors from patients and limiting choice, our government may be more effective in [...]

Foodservice faces pressure from home-cooked meals

Since moving to the White House in 2009, first lady Michelle Obama has made ending childhood obesity her top priority with her Let’s Move campaign.

Controversies : Controversial Art for Fed Up Documentary Gets Approval

Key art for Katie Couric's childhood obesity documentary Fed Up has been approved by the Motion Picture Association of America but only after some backlash. Deadline reveals that the MPAA's advertising administration initially rejected the art, which features two...

Study: Too little weight gain during pregnancy linked to childhood obesity

Research has long indicated that children whose mothers gain too much weight during pregnancy are at greater risk for obesity. A new study, however, suggests that a mother's gaining too little weight is detrimental to her child's health as well. Show More Summary

Childhood Obesity: The Heart of the Matter

"Your life shouldn't revolve around what you eat and how you exercise," Amy Barras, a Healthcorps coordinator at Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland, Ore., told me. "I eat healthy and I exercise, but that's the backbone of myShow More Summary

Clinical obesity, not morbid: A plea to change the diagnosis

Michelle Obama refers to childhood obesity as the tobacco of the 21st century. I agree. Obesity is quickly overtaking smoking as the nation’s No. 1 killer. As a pediatrician who sees firsthand the impact of overweight and obese children, we need to have conversations with our patient families that focus on obesity as a clinical issue. [...]

Video Interlude : Watch a Trailer for the Obesity Documentary Fed Up

Here's a trailer for Fed Up, a soon-to-be released documentary on the relationship between the food industry and childhood obesity. The film, which hits theaters nationwide on May 9, is directed by Stephanie Soechtig (Tapped) and is executive produced...

Doctors struggle to treat childhood obesity

Lying in a hospital bed, my seriously obese patient can barely see her swollen and odorous right foot over her abdominal fat. The foot is soon to be amputated, the result of an untreatable infection exacerbated by diabetes and kidney failure, which developed in part because of obesity. Her two children, ages 6 and 12, [...]

Severe obesity in kids on the rise

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The decline of childhood obesity rates seen in a couple of recent studies may be nothing more than an illusion, according to a new study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics. The researchers looked at data from more than 26,000 children age 2 to 19 in the United States who participated in the National Health and […]

Lifetime Cost of Obesity Estimated at $19,000 Per Child

Childhood obesity is on the rise, leading researchers to wonder what the long-term effects of our country’s obesity epidemic will be. The newest research shows that childhood obesity comes with an estimated price tag of $19,000 per child when comparing lifetime medical costs to those of a normal weight child. An alternative estimate, which takes […]

Feds spending $750,000 to study how kid cartoons contribute to obesity

By Elizabeth Harrington | Washington Free Beacon The federal government is worried Dora the Explorer is contributing to childhood obesity. The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded two grants totaling $750,000 to find out if cartoon characters are making children overweight and whether researchers can hone the marketing power of characters to sway kids’ eating habits....

Childhood Obesity Rates Leveling Off, Despite Long-Term Increases

"While we would like to say that signs of progress are clear across the country in the fight to decrease obesity rates, the only clear sign is that there is more work to be done," said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association. "While declines are in sight only among young children, the

Severe obesity on the rise among children in the U.S.

A new analysis finds that all classes of obesity in children have increased over the last 14 years. In addition, there is a troubling upward trend in the more severe forms of childhood obesity.

Over a lifetime, childhood obesity costs $19,000 per child

DURHAM, N.C. -- Childhood obesity comes with an estimated price tag of $19,000 per child when comparing lifetime medical costs to those of a normal weight child, according to an analysis led by researchers at the Duke Global Health Institute and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore. Show More Summary

Should Schools Tell Kids They Are Fat?

Some U.S. school districts have angered parents and eating disorder groups by conducting screenings to identify overweight children and sending home what critics call "fat letters." In Arkansas, childhood obesity rates have remained relatively stable since it became the first state in 2003 to mandate school-based screenings. Show More Summary

In mice, obese dads produce heavier daughters with epigenetically altered breast tissue

SAN DIEGO — Obese male mice and normal weight female mice produce female pups that are overweight at birth and in childhood, and have increased number of "terminal end buds" in their breast tissue — the site where cancer often develops...Show More Summary

Men who smoke while young may raise obesity risk in future kids

Men who start smoking before the age of 11 risk having sons who are overweight, British researchers have found, adding to evidence that lifestyle factors even in childhood can affect the health of future offspring.

Study Links Childhood Obesity With Decreased Cognitive Control

There have been few studies linking obesity to cognitive skills; however, at the University of Illinois, a study was undertaken to compare certain executive cognitive abilities of healthy weight pre-adolescent children with obese pre-adolescent children requiring hem to respond to images of swimming fish. 

The Darkness That Separates Great Candidates from Good Ones

Sometimes, the things you would never dream of putting on your resum are the same defining traits that make you a success. For me, it was ADHD, childhood obesity, and bullying. What is on your "black resume"? I was bullied for close to a decade, and had no real friends before age 19. Show More Summary

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