Obesity Drives GERD Symptoms in Kids

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting
In my book SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat and on my SuperSized Kids Web site I write at some length about the many illnesses we doctors are now seeing in kids that are due to the tsunami of childhood overweight and obesity -- such as high blood pressure, hypertension, heart disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes, joint disease, skin problems, and mental health issues -- all of which are increased by childhood obesity. Now we can add another: gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. In fact, the next generation of patients with GERD could come from the burgeoning epidemic of childhood obesity, according to a new study presented recently at a professional meeting of gastroenterologists. (BTW, you can learn more about my SuperSized Kids book by looking at the hyperlinks at…
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Obese kids more apt to be bullied, study confirms

Children's Health, Mental Health, Obesity, Parenting
In my book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, I address the research showing that overweight or obese children are "50% to 100% more likely to bully or be bullied." Being overweight or obese doesn't just impact our kids physically, but emotionally. In fact, according to one study, "Severely obese kids have a terrible quality of life — similar to those suffering from terminal cancer." (you can learn more about my book in the links at the bottom of this blog) A new study has confirmed my concerns and shown that obese children in grades 3 through 6 are more apt to be bullied by their classmates than children who are trim, regardless of their gender, race, social skills, or academic achievement. The study was published in…
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New plan seeks to put PE back in school – Hallelujah!

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting
U.S. schools and childcare programs could be required to include daily exercise as part of the new National Physical Activity Plan released recently. This is, in my opinion, critical to the health of our school children - physically, emotionally, and intellectually. In my book SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat and on my SuperSized Kids Web site I write at some length about this problem. (You can learn more about my book from the links at the bottom of this blog.) Here are a few of the facts I discuss: Due to the “No Child Left Behind” legislation, schools kids have less Physical Education and daily physical activity programs. Without any question, the No. 1 barrier to physical activity in schools is the perception that time spent…
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