Childhood Obesity: Sending Our Kids to an Early Grave

The United States is one of the most obese countries in the world. This became very clear to me once I lived outside of the country. When I first arrived in South Africa I was on the plump side -- not obese, but certainly overweight. As an ex-pat, my way of eating changed tremendously. I still enjoyed great food, but in much smaller portions, and I began to visit the gym regularly. The change in my body was obvious. After several months of living in South Africa, my friends began to ask me the "secret" to my weight loss. There was no real secret; I started eating healthy foods, prepared mostly at home, and exercising. ...more

As the mother of an overweight child, I admit that I have a particular sensitivity ...more

Let's Move: Michelle Obama Issues a Challenge to Reverse Childhood Obesity

For the first time in history, the United States is raising a generation of children expected to live shorter lives than their parents. More and more children are fighting diseases, like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, that used to only show up in adults. As a country, we're spending $14 billion per year in direct costs for health care for obese children. ...more

I applaud the First Lady's initiative, but I think that without "food reform", it's not ...more

Tips Parents Can Use To Help Children Make Healthy Food Choices

I've written several posts on the problems of childhood obesity.  Not only are the number of overweight children on the rise, but even more troubling, is the increase of adult diseases these children are developing.  Obese children are developing life threatening conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure at an alarming rate.  ...more

Childhood obesity, a heavy subject

I speak freely about my own weight.  Hi, I’m Linda and I’m fat!  Nice to meet you!  I am comfortable talking about it regarding myself.  I’m fine with the word fat as a descriptive adjective.  I can blather on all day long about my journey, my struggles, my approaches.I am less confident when it comes to talking about the same topic - obesity - regarding my child....more

Fighting Childhood Obesity One Turkey Hotdog Necklace at a Time

 This suburban mom has a lot to learn from urban moms with fewer resources who are building healthy futures for their kids....more

Solving Childhood Obesity, One California Garlic Clove At A Time

I stood there with my mouth agape at a recent convention, when a boy, who couldn't have been older than four, chose - on his own - to scoop a spoonful of fresh, crushed California heirloom garlic into his mouth and responded with a, "Yummy!" To that, his mom shrugged and said, "I've cooked with garlic a lot ever since he was a baby, so he's used to it." ...more

The High Cost of Cheap Food and How Debt Is Making Us Fat.

There was an interesting article this week in TIME magazine - Getting Real About The High Cost of Cheap Food.  The article goes into detail about the harmful effects of cheap food on our environment, our finances, and ourselves. Have you read the article? From Choosing Raw - Nutrition in the News:  The High Price of Cheap Food... ...more

It's become a race against the clock and wallet. Meaning it's a double edged sword.  ...more

Time for lunch...and a little activism

I remember a few things about school lunches growing up. I remember that, most of the time, I brought lunch from home rather than eating lunch at school. I remember finding notes from my Mom in my lunch, and how much I both enjoyed and was terribly embarrassed by this fact. (That being said, Mom, thanks for the notes – some days, I wish I could open my little lunch cooler at the office and have one waiting for me!) And, of all the food I remember, I most recall the weird, greasy rectangles of fairly flavorless “pizza” served up by the Fairfax County Public Schools cafeterias. On the rare days that I actually got to buy lunch, I often chose the pepperoni incarnation of this particularly disgusting “treat,” the pepperoni really more like small dots of processed, brightly-colored, well, I have no idea what they were. They were chunks, and they didn’t really taste like normal pepperoni, and, well, that particular lunch cannot have been good for me. ...more

Superstargenius, I haven't done much reading on the connection between solid nutrition and ...more

Cool Site on Healthier Living for The Whole Family!

Great and very informative site on childhood obesity and healthy living. It's amazing to know that By 2010, 20% of U.S. children will be obese. Food products targeted towards children today contain 70% more sugar, 23% more fat and 17% higher sodium content. Here's more info on the site, plus they have a giveaway which never hurts, right? ...more

Childhood Obesity and Parental Responsibility

The incidence of childhood obesity is alarming. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12.4 percent of 2-5 year olds are obese; for 6-11 year-olds it's 17.0 percent; and for the 12-19 year-old crowd, it's a whopping 17.6 percent.  With all the talk these days about health care reform, we must accept responsibility for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The burden on the health care system due to obesity a tremendous waste. ...more