The series on childhood obesity explores the issue of overweight children from many perspectives, ranging from the latest medical research to public health information.
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The key to keeping kids of all ages at a healthy weight and overcoming childhood obesity is taking a whole-family approach. Make eating healthy and exercise a family affair.
Everybody knows what a tragedy this is personally for obese kids - the social isolation, the shame of group exercise, the pain of bad knees, the constant doctor visits and being out of breath just by standing up. However, the public costs of childhood obesity are huge too.
Today JAMA publishes an article entitled "High Body Mass Index for Age Among US Children and Adolescents, 2003-2006" by Cynthia L. Ogden, Margaret D. Carroll and Katherine M. Flegal from CDC discussing the rate of childhood obesity among U.S. children.
Obese people are now blamed in food crisis and climate change, because they consume much more calories leading to food shortage and use more transport leading to more gas emissions and climate change.
A study by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine shows that obese people consume 18% more calories than average weighted people do. They need about 1680 calories a day to maintain normal daily energy and 1280 calories to maintain normal daily activities. This is 5 times more than normal weighted people do.
Obesity rates appear high in most but not all ethnic groups in the United States, and extra weight is associated with cardiovascular risk factors and markers of sub-clinical heart disease.
Obesity in children is increasing and many cardiovascular diseases that are manifested in adulthood may actually begin in childhood.
More time spent eating away from home could put kids at higher risk for obesity.
The HSC Foundation is unveiling a grassroots campaign targeting childhood obesity awareness and education in low-income communities in the Washington area. The campaign will address the way families view weight and obesity and help them make healthier decisions for themselves and their children.
If you don't want fat and obese kids, don't live a fat family life, says fitness expert and author Tom Gilliam. Here, he offers some simple yet powerful ideas for getting kids (and maybe you, too) excited about getting fit and to combat obesity.
Women who carry excess fat around their waists were at greater risk of dying early from cancer or heart disease than were women with smaller waistlines, even if they were of normal weight.
Obesity is more than a cosmetic concern because it increases a person's risk for developing high blood pressure, diabetes and many other serious health problems. It's well understood that consuming more calories than you expend through exercise and daily activities causes weight gain. But with about one in every three American adults now considered obese, researchers are attempting to identify additional factors that affect a person's tendency to gain and retain excess weight.
A new diet and obesity drug called Lorcaserin hydrochloride for the treatment of obesity from Arena Pharmaceuticals has passed a major safety board review and shows that this obesity pill doesn't damage heart valves as some other weight loss treatment drugs in the past.
Reducing the hours kids spend on TV watching and computer playing will help tackle obesity.
Childhood obesity is down to nature not nurture, reports The Times and other news sources. Genes account for "more than three quarters of the difference between children's waistlines, with lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise playing a much smaller role", the newspaper adds.
Low-calorie sweeteners may be one piece in solving the obesity puzzle.