First Lady, Wal-Mart to fight childhood obesity

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting
Here's a shout out to Mrs. Obama. News reports say that the First Lady and Wal-Mart have forged an agreement geared at preventing childhood obesity. Media sources generally characterized the move as a victory for Mrs. Obama's signature campaign and I would agree. ABC World News reported, First Lady Michelle Obama "announced that Wal-Mart, which sells more groceries than any market in America, is going to change what's on its shelves." On the CBS Evening News the First Lady was shown saying, "I am thrilled about Wal-Mart's new nutrition charter." NBC Nightly News said that Mrs. Obama "has announced she's working with the nation's largest retailer, Wal-Mart, which promised today to cut prices on fresh fruits and vegetables and to reduce fats, sugars, salt, eliminate transfats in some of its…
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Kids Not So Stuck on Sugary Breakfast Cereals, Study Finds

Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting
It turns out that when kids are given a choice of cereals, and there is fruit on hand, most will be happy with low-sugar fare. In other words, getting your kids to happily eat nutritious, low-sugar breakfast cereals may be child's play, researchers report. This was exactly what I predicted in my book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, currently on sale here. The recent study finds that children will gladly chow down on low-sugar cereals if they're given a selection of choices at breakfast, and many compensate for any missing sweetness by opting for fruit instead. Here are the details from HealthDay News: The 5-to-12-year-olds in the study still ate about the same amount of calories regardless of whether they were allowed to choose from…
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Stricter Rules Can Steer Kids Away From TV

Children's Health, Mental Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting
I've blogged on the facts that (1) "Too Many Tots Watching Too Much TV" and (2) most parents don’t when children under two years of age are exposed to watching television that his has potential harms. There is NO scientific evidence that shows that television and video viewing in children of this age has any educational benefit. Instead, there have been several studies that have shown that TV viewing at 2 years of age and younger can have negative impacts on learning, language and attention and it’s also linked to childhood obesity. And physically active kids watch less television, researchers are now reporting. So, who can make a difference? You know the answer ... it's the parent! Here's a report with the details from HealthDay News: -- Children whose parents set…
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BOOK SALE: SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting
I'm having a sale that's designed to help your child and your family become more highly healthy. My book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, has been drastically marked down at my online bookstore. You can read more about this amazing resource at SuperSizedKids.com. SuperSized Kids is a lifechanging book that helps fight the obesity epidemic with an 8-week program called, "The SuperFit Family Challenge" If there was a way to fix a problem that was destroying lives, draining family resources, and pushing America dangerously close to a total health care collapse, wouldn't you want to know about it? Well there is -- and it's easier than you may think! The SuperFit Family Challenge explains step-by-step how parent can work to avert the childhood obesity epidemic…
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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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TV Interview: Super Sized Kids and Childhood Obesity

Children's Health, Obesity, Parenting
Earlier this week I was in the Kearney, Nebraska area to speak twice on the topic of "Childhood Obesity: Practical Tips for Busy Families." The Two Rivers Public Health Department was my sponsor and packed a lot of fruitful activity into a long day (thanks to Terry Krohn and Heather Easton for all the hard work and wonderful hospitality). I thought you might be interested in seeing an interview I did with one of the local television stations. Just go here and click on the video camera icon in the upper left hand portion of the page. If you'd like more tips on how to protect your family from the obesity threat, here are some resources I have for you: An autographed hard cover edition of my book SuperSized Kids: How…
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Obesity Outweighs Smoking as Life Expectancy Threat

General Health, Medical Economics, Nutritional Health, Obesity
When I wrote my book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, I predicted that if the obesity epidemic was not stemmed, that this generation of U.S. children would be the first in history to have a shorter life expectancy than their parent. Now, new population-level predictions show the importance of tackling obesity for the nation's health. In other words, the gains we are making in improved life expectancy from lower smoking rates, especially over the next decade, will be offset by a great degree by reductions in life expectancy based on the rise in obesity. This report, from MedPage, tells us that if obesity and smoking rates had held steady, the average 18-year-old would have seen a 2.98-year increase in life expectancy over a 15-year period. At…
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Obesity rate in preschoolers may have finally leveled off!

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Obesity, Parenting
Finally a good news story about the childhood obesity epidemic. An analysis published in the July 24 issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicated that "the prevalence of obesity" in "low-income preschool-aged children ages two to four years old . . . increased from 12.4 percent in 1998 to 14.5 percent in 2003, but rose only to 14.6 percent in 2008." More Information: (more…)
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