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overweight & obesity

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Baby’s Big Appetite May Predict Obesity Risk

Babies who eat whatever foods they are given are every parent’s dream. On the flipside, picky eaters can be a constant worry. While babies who always seem to be hungry may grow faster, two new studies suggest that there may... more

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High BMI At Age 5 A Risk Factor For Obesity

Although the widespread national “Let’s Move!” campaign encourages healthy behaviors including good nutrition and physical activity, childhood obesity continues to be a major U.S. public health problem. Efforts to address the problem often focus on older elementary, middle school, and high... more

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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

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Monster Cereals: Parents Beware

General Mills, in a move that smacks of business as usual, is rolling out a record five “Monster Cereals” just in time for Halloween. While there are no direct advertising plans for Count Chocula, Boo Berry, Franken Berry, Fruity Yummy... more

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Consumer Watchdog Group Takes Aim At Children’s Menus

“I’d like two cheeseburgers, two large orders of fries, 6-piece chicken nuggets, and four medium cokes.” Sound familiar? It should—an estimated 50 million Americans eat in fast food restaurants every day. Knowing how busy today’s families are, it’s easy to... more

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Does Breastfeeding Protect Against Obesity?

Does breastfeeding protect against obesity? According to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) the answer is “No.” In fact, in a recent NEJM article by Krista Casazza, PhD, RD and colleagues, the authors went so far as to describe... more

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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 Schools Can Help Solve Childhood Obesity

We keep hearing that the rate of childhood obesity—a true nationwide epidemic—keeps going up…and up…and up, but in some places, the rate is finally starting to dip. A new report by data analysts at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation draws... 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