Obesity Trends In Children

One of the greatest health concerns affecting our children is the epidemic of obesity and overweight. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that among young people, the prevalence of overweight decreased for those aged 2-5 years, from 13.5% in 2003-2004 to 8.4% in 2011-2012 (1). However, the prevalence of overweight and obesity has remained fairly […]

Health and Social Consequences of Overweight and Obesity

The health problems associated with accelerated weight gain in children include: Type 2 diabetes Fatty liver (which may lead to cirrhosis which is a type of serious liver disease) Obstructive sleep apnea (not breathing for at least ten seconds during sleep) Increased blood pressure Increased cholesterol levels Orthopedic disorders (bone and joint disorders) Asthma In […]

Health Problems Associated with Sweetened Drinks

Sodas, fruit juices, and sweetened beverages have very similar amounts of sugar and are typically considered to be “empty calories.”  With the unlimited options on the store shelves of sweet drinks, it can be hard to keep them out of your children’s reach. The good news is that there are many healthier substitutions you can […]

Defining Overweight and Obesity: What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?

The first step in assessing weight status is to determine the Body Mass Index (BMI). Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a child’s weight and height. BMI is a reliable indicator of body fatness for most children and teens. BMI can be considered an alternative for direct measures of body fat. BMI […]

Report Released on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Are you up to date on the latest government recommendations for nutrition and fitness? The Dietary Guidelines for Americans, published every five years, gives science-based information on dietary habits and physical activity to promote good health and reduce the risk of chronic disease. A report was recently released by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee […]