Pre-Teen Girls Are More Likely To Get Bad Grades If They're Obese

By | Tue, 03/11/2014 - 12:06

Girls who are obese at 11 years old show lower academic achievement at ages 11, 13, and 16 compared with those of a healthy weight, even after factoring out a number of possible influences.

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Spoon-Fed Babies At High Risk For Childhood Obesity, May Become Fussy Eaters

By | Wed, 01/08/2014 - 15:01

Babies who are spoon-fed puréed foods are at a higher risk for childhood obesity and are more likely to be fussy eaters.

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Charity Will Pay For Teen's Bariatric Surgery

By | Tue, 12/31/2013 - 12:46

Online donations will allow a teenage girl to undergo bariatric surgery to treat a form of morbid obesity that arises when a part of the brain that is responsible for metabolic balance is damaged.

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Kids Eat Healthier When Their Parents Get Nutrition Report Cards

By | Sun, 12/29/2013 - 17:41

A weekly nutrition report card that parents receive by email could be all the encouragement a child needs to eat healthier school lunches, a recent pilot program found.


Early Weight Gain Tied To Elevated Heart Risk Later In Life

By | Mon, 12/23/2013 - 18:19

Accelerated weight gain in early childhood may up the risk of cardiovascular complications in adolescence and adulthood.

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Diabetes Drug Won't Ward Off Childhood Obesity

By | Tue, 12/17/2013 - 17:58

Metformin, diabetes drug, only leads to a 6-month weight loss in obese children.

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Parents' Stress May Lead To Childhood Obesity

By | Fri, 12/06/2013 - 18:42

Parental stress may lead to higher BMIs and obesity in children.

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Kids' Personalities May Influence Food Portion Size

By | Wed, 11/27/2013 - 14:28

The amount of food a child eats could depend on whether they are an introvert or an extrovert.

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Dish Size May Determine Kids' Appetite

By | Thu, 11/21/2013 - 12:01

The size of a cereal bowl, for example, could influence the amount of food a child eats, and could possibly lead them to overeat.


‘Fat Letters’ To Be Eliminated In Massachusetts

By | Thu, 10/17/2013 - 19:04

The practice of sending BMI letters to the parents of children in public schools will be halted due to concerns about privacy and bullying.

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McDonald’s Criticized For Bringing Books To Happy Meals

By | Thu, 10/10/2013 - 21:38

The fast food chain will be accompanying its Happy Meals with books instead of toys.

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Eating 5 Meals A Day May Cure Teen Obesity

By | Fri, 10/04/2013 - 13:41

Regularly eating five meals a day may cure teen obesity, even in those who are genetically predisposed to the disease.

Pregnancy Weight Gain

Excessive Weight Gain During Pregnancy Increases Child's Obesity Risk

By | Tue, 10/01/2013 - 17:01

A mother's excessive weight gain during pregnancy may increase her child's risk of becoming obese, according to a recent study.


Obese Teens Who Lose Weight Are Prone To Eating Disorders

By | Mon, 09/09/2013 - 11:52

Obese teens that lose weight are more likely to go undiagnosed and develop more serious medical complications from eating disorders, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Childhood Obesity

'Fat Letters' Questioned: Should Schools Conduct Annual Weigh-Ins To Measure BMI?

By | Tue, 09/03/2013 - 19:17

Schools in 19 states conduct annual weigh-ins, measuring students’ body mass index and then sending reports home to parents. Are these ‘fat letters’ fair to kids?