Last week, a journalist asked me a question in connection with the recent flurry of stories on changes in childhood obesity percentages in the period from 2001 to 2012. When I looked into it, what struck me was that a category defined as "at or above the 95th percentile" applied to about 15-17% of the […]
The media headlines attached to the major medical news story of the past week might have been: “Shocking but true: Nearly 1 in 10 US children under the age of 5 is obese!” Had that been the headline, it would indeed have been every bit as true as it is shocking. And the really shocking [...]
Last week's health headlines were punctuated by a conveniently timed bit of news: On the heels of the White House's media blitz celebrating the four-year anniversary of Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign to end childhood obesity, word that progress had been made hit the news cycle, which began widely reporting study results that obesity dropped 43 percent in the past...
The opening or expansion of a casino in a community is associated with increased family income, decreased poverty rates and a decreased risk of childhood overweight or obesity, according to a study in JAMA. Obesity disproportionately affects children with low economic resources at the family and community levels. Show More Summary
Recent figures show that childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents over the past 3 decades. New research suggests that children who have televisions in their bedroom are more likely to gain weight,...Show More Summary
Plus, updates on the California drought, and the White House takes new steps to limit food marketing in schools in this week's food policy roundup.
President Obama is working at his desk when the VP bursts in. But rather than a national emergency, it's routine exercise. See them in action.
Zachary Goldfarb examines the racial disparities in the JAMA study: We’re celebrating the fact that for all kids ages 2 to 5 childhood obesity has declined from 13.9 percent to 8.4 percent over 10 years. Yet, 11.3 percent of black children ages 2 to 5 and 16.7 percent of Hispanic children that age are obese. Just […]
NBC’s Today show to hang on to its Sochi ratings bump with a week-long Love Your Selfie campaign that included, this morning, a First Daughter to First Lady talk about childhood obesity. Its second week of Sochi broadcasts during Olympic competition, Today scored 5.844 million viewers, which was down 6% from the previous week’s 6.134 million viewers. Show More Summary
I have a piece in TNR on the new JAMA study finding no statistical change in obesity rates over the past decade in either adults or children. (The finding that got the most headlines was a 40% drop in “childhood obesity” among 2-5 year olds, but for reasons I explain in the article this finding [...]
Researchers are still exploring what factors caused the early childhood obesity rate to plummet 43 percent over the last decade. But a group of health experts at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill think that they have found...Show More Summary
After decades of rising obesity rates in the United States, public health officials are seeing some gains in efforts to curb the epidemic, at least among the nation's youngest citizens. Childhood obesity rates among children ages 2 to...Show More Summary
The nation is celebrating a new study reporting that the obesity rate for children ages 2 to 5 has plummeted over the last decade. But one of the sadder parts of the study released Wednesday was that the U.S. obesity rate is a reflection of the nation's racial divide: Blacks and Hispanics suffer much higher levels of […]
On Tuesday, the same day Michelle Obama delivered her "Let's Move" fourth anniversary speech, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) released results on the condition of childhood obesity in America, which includes statistics through 2012, three years into the Let's Move Program. Show More Summary
A major new paper appearing in today's edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that childhood obesity -- age 2 to 5 -- has fallen from 13.9 percent in 2003-04 to 8.4 percent in 2011-12. This age (represented by dark green in the above chart) was the only group to see a […]
NY Times on a 43% drop in obesity levels in the youngest children: Experts point to several possible explanations for the fall, but say a full understanding remains elusive. Children now consume fewer calories from sugary beverages than they did in 1999. Show More Summary
Federal health authorities on Tuesday reported a stunning 43 percent drop in the obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-old children over the past decade, the first broad decline in an epidemic that often leads to lifelong struggles with weight and higher risks for cancer, heart disease and stroke. The drop emerged from a major federal health survey that […]
ATLANTA (AP) — Toddler obesity shrank sharply in the past decade, a new study suggests. While promising, it's not proof that the nation has turned a corner in the battle against childhood obesity, some experts say.
Finally some good news for our country's rapidly expanding waistlines, at least for the future. A new report set to be published by The Journal of the American Medical Association takes a look at the nation's obesity statistics and finds a significant decrease in obesity rates for infants and toddlers in the past decade. Show More Summary
Why are some kids getting fatter, more slowly? That, in essence, is the question raised by the latest tranche of statistics on obesity. The headline: The rate of increase in childhood obesity slowed by 43 percent over the past decade in the U.S., with declines all across the aboard, although less so among poorer, at-risk families. Show More Summary