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Obesity Cause and Help

A higher risk of obesity for children neglected by parents

Strategies for decreasing a child's risk for obesity often focus on improving eating habits and maintaining a high level of physical activity. While this is one way to address the issue of children's obesity, another way to reduce the risk of childhood obesity could simply come down to positive parenting.

Genes May Make Some People More Motivated To Eat

Science has found one likely contributor to the way that some folks eat to live and others live to eat. Researchers at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, have found that people with genetically lower dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps make behaviors and substances more rewarding, find food to be more reinforcing than people without that genotype. In short, they are more motivated to eat and they eat more.

IBM To Pay For Obesity Prevention Efforts

IBM plans to launch a program that will offer employees monetary incentive to have their children participate in obesity education, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The program, scheduled to begin next year, will pay $150 to workers who sign up a child who completes a 12-week online program of diet and exercise training. The program is open to all children, and IBM says it does not look at the health information submitted by employees.