child obesity

  1. Working moms in obesity blame game

    Many working moms already feel guilty enough about the time spent away from their kids each day... and now, the media is trying to turn that guilt into full-blown blame.

    A new study finds that the children of working mothers weigh ever-so-slightly more than the kids of moms who don't work.

    In fact, the difference amounts to only a single pound by third grade, according to the study in the journal Child Development.

    That's it - one pound - but just look at these headlines:

    • The More Mom Works, the Heavier Her Kids Get: Study
    • Study Blames Working Moms for Overweight Kids
    • Kids of working moms at risk for weight gain
    • New study links working women to childhood obesity
    • Your Job Is Making Your Child Fat

    Where do they get that from this study?

    The real problem isn't how much mom or dad works - it's what kids eat. And while working moms might be more tempted to take a shortcut than those who stay home and have more time to cook, it's not the real reason for child obesity.

    That can be found in another new study.

    Researchers examined 1,000 sixth graders from 13 Michigan middle schools, and found that 15 percent were overweight - and nearly 100 percent of those children had lousy eating habits, according to the study in American Heart Journal.

    They were also more likely to eat school lunch - which should tell you everything you need to know about those lowest-bidder, USDA-approved meals right there.

    So the real answer to ending child obesity has nothing to do with how much mom or dad work. The new study even finds it has nothing to do with genetics (so much for the "I'm just big-boned" theory).

    Just what you and your kids eat, at home and at school.

    So take control of lunch and dinner - fresh, natural foods don't have to take long to prepare once you learn how to do it.

    You don't even have to prepare fresh food every day - you can make your own "fast food" by preparing a week of meals over the weekend, and then reheating one each evening... with the leftovers appearing in lunch.

    All the convenience, none of the processing - and a lower risk for obesity, all at once.

  2. Fatter kids, shorter lives

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    In the words of Yogi Berra, the future ain't what it used to be.

    A new study peeks into the crystal ball, and finds that tomorrow's adults are going to be in pretty rough shape... because yesterday's children were badly overweight. And that means some recent predictions about the future life expectancy of Americans might have been wildly optimistic.

    Researchers looked at people born between 1966 and 1985, and found that a fifth of them became obese between the ages of 20 and 29 years old. That's a full decade before similar levels of obesity began to hit members of the post-World War II generation: Those born between 1946 and 1955 didn't start to see obesity issues until they reached their 30s.

    And Americans born between 1935 and 1945 didn't fall into that weight category until they reached their 40s, according to the study published in the International Journal of Obesity.

    If younger people are getting fatter decades earlier, they're also going to experience the health problems associated with obesity--diabetes, heart disease and more--decades earlier.

    But what's even more disturbing is what the study didn't look at. Kids born in more recent years are in far worse shape than those born even 25 years ago. Some of today's overweight kids make the out-of-shape youth of yesteryear look like swimsuit models.

    And you can bet there's going to be a price to pay for that.

    As I mentioned just a few weeks ago, the child obesity problem has spiraled out of control faster than anyone could have imagined. (Click here to read, "Child obesity reaches a new level.")

    There are more than 12 million overweight children in the nation, which is bad enough. But even more alarming, large numbers of the very young are getting very fat... very, very fast.

    And in many cases, their own parents don't recognize the problem. A new study out of Australia found that more than half the parents of obese children didn't realize their kids were overweight.

    Talk about denial!

    But if we're going to solve the problem, it's going to have to begin at home--with those parents. An editorial just published in the New England Journal of Medicine says the only way to fix the child obesity problem is to start kids on the road to healthy habits before they even reach school age.

    Wait any longer, and it's just too late.

    Does that sound extreme? A little dramatic?

    It's not--because if we don't start getting today's little ones accustomed to healthy eating, then tomorrow's adults are going to have shorter, sicker lives.

  3. Child obesity reaches new level

    The latest research finds that kids are eating more than ever--especially more snacks--and that the child obesity problem is far worse than anyone imagined.
  4. Obesity begins in toddlerhood

    Baby fat may make for cute little kids... but that seemingly adorable pudge can stick around for much longer than anyone would have imagined.

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