Standing 5 feet 6 inches and approaching 200 pounds during my late adolescent/early teenage years, I can still recall the many times that family members referred to me as having "baby fat". Even at my young age I remember ...more
This past weekend, a new documentary hit theaters that asks hard questions about what Americans eat and why. Fed Up examines the effect of added sugar on the American diet and our high rates of childhood obesity and chronic disease, and asks hard questions about the food industry's role in creating an eating environment that fosters those problems....more
Four years ago, Michelle Obama kicked off the Let's Move! Initiative with intent to help roll back the childhood obesity epidemic in our country. Today I joined a conference call with Sam Kass, Executive Director of Let’s Move!, to talk about how things are going. Just yesterday a study published in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical association, stated that obesity in children ages 2-5 has dropped a whopping 43% from 2003 to 2012. That's dramatic and incredible news for everyone around the country -- especially our youngest kids.
Issues surrounding the nutritional value of school lunches, is a significant issue in the United States. EverydayHealth.com states that kids who buy lunch at school had a 30% greater risk of obesity than those who brown bag theirs.The stats revealed were a part of a University of Michigan study of over 1000 sixth graders, and results were published in the American Heart Journal....more
As I was browsing the news this week, I came across an article on myhealthnewsdaily.com discussing the link between childhood obesity and bedroom TVs. Check out the link below to read the article: Bedroom TVs Linked to Childhood Obesity ...more
This fall, public school menus across America have been adjusted to align with new federal standards from the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. President and Mrs. Obama advocated for the passage of this act. It's federal policy. To be reimbursed by the National School Lunch Program, schools must adhere to these rules....more
He was a generally loving, roly-poly, 11-year-old. But Robert had a problem. He snacked. And he piled food on his plate. And he took second helpings. If there was candy, Fritos, soda or chips within 100 yards, his radar located them. When people thought of Robert, they automatically described him as: “Robert, that nice, blond, fat kid.” So when this perception seeped in and became a part of Robert’s unconscious identity, he didn’t even realize it. Robert’s parents knew he ate too much but what the heck. They were both overweight, too....more
Georgia is trying to address the childhood obesity epidemic plaguing the state with an ad campaign that features obese children and lines such as, "Obesity takes the fun out of being a kid," "It's hard to be a little girl when you're not" and "Big bones didn't make me this way, big meals did." These billboards and television spots, created as part of Strong4Life, an awareness initiative by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, have generated a great deal of controversy. Will they work?
If kids are obese as teens and don't lose weight, they are much more likely to become obese adults. In fact 65% will become obese, compared to only 14.6% of normal weigh kids who will become obese as adults. Right now, about one half of all adults in the US are considered overweight or obese and that numbers is only increasing....more