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overweight & obesity

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Path To Childhood Obesity May Begin In Utero

It’s a fact. Expectant moms bend the rules when it comes to diet and exercise. Whether it’s unanticipated cravings (pickles and ice cream), a need to eat for two (more on this myth later), or a hormone-induced appetite boost, pregnant... more

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Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Leading Toddlers Toward Obesity

As New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pleads for the soda ban fight to continue after his term is up, and the American Medical Association calls for taxation on high-sugar beverages such as soda and juice flavored drinks, a new... more


Does Sugar Make Kids Hyperactive?

Generations of well-meaning parents and highly educated doctors can’t all be wrong…or can they? For decades now, sugar-laden holidays have been a source of celebration and consternation. Parents and grandparents alike happily satisfy a child’s sweet tooth with birthday cakes,... more

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How & What You Feed Your Baby May Affect Growth

When it comes to rapid weight gain, how babies are fed may be just as important as what they are fed according to a recent study published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. With one in three U.S.... more


Are Formula-Fed Babies At Greater Risk For Obesity?

Will my baby’s risk for obesity be greater if I need to supplement with formula? more


Mom’s Diet May Reduce Baby’s Obesity Risk

If there is one person new mothers are used to getting advice from, it is their child’s health care provider. Often, the pediatrician’s recommendations come as part of routine well-child visits. A week after your baby’s birth, advice may be... more

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Junk Food Not To Blame For Childhood Obesity

It seems counter-intuitive for schools to offer up “junk food” like soft drinks, candy bars, and chips alongside “brain food” like math, reading, and science, but that’s what happens in the vast majority of schools nationwide, where such foods are... more

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Is My Night-Nursing Baby At Risk For Obesity?

Is my child at an increased risk for obesity if he regularly breastfeeds throughout the night? more


Early Introduction Of Solid Foods Increases Obesity Risk

Formula-fed infants introduced to solid foods before they are 4 months old are at greater risk for becoming obese by the time they are 3 years old, according to a new study from Harvard published in the February 2011 issue... more

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A Good Night’s Sleep Reduces The Risk For Obesity

Crying. Whining. Throwing a temper tantrum. Sound familiar? Too little sleep and your child is likely to display some or all of these behaviors. But a recent study suggests that outcomes related to lack of sleep in young children may... more