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  1. Family Life
    Soda consumption has been linked to obesity and other health problems and should be limited, says California lawmakers. Some parents say, "Not so fast." A new state bill is one step closer to making soda less accessible to children at California restaurants. Senate Bill 1192, which passed the...
  2. Toddler & Child
    With our society's focus on outward beauty, our children struggle with body image issues at an ever younger age. A new study reveals that kids as young as eight are embarrassed by their physical appearance. These tips can help teach your child how to love her body. Body image issues take on a...
  3. Green Goods
    They say that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree when it comes to raising children. A new Harvard study agrees, claiming that a mom's lifestyle is critical when it comes to whether or not her child will become obese. With one in five children in the United States grossly overweight...
  4. Toddler & Child
    Childhood obesity is often blamed on too much junk food and too little exercise, but there's an emotional component, too. Much of our own attitudes about food and eating began with what was modeled to us by our parents. I spoke to a leading researcher in the study of childhood obesity, Dr...
  5. Green Goods
    A new study out of Ireland says that obesity in children compromises their immune system, making it difficult for them to fight cancers, type-2 diabetes, and other diseases. The National Children's Research Center and the Children's Medical Research Foundation in Ireland worked together and...
  6. Toddler & Child
    A new study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health says that almost three in five United States children will be obese by the time they are 35 years old. The study, led by Zachary Ward, used computer modelling and current national data to predict that 57% of children who are 2 to...
  7. Toddler & Child
    Dual-Income families are on the rise, and new research shows that longer work hours may lead to greater probabilities that their children may be overweight and/or obese. Researchers from Georgia State University have found that the longer work hours that parents of two-income families have lead...
  8. Toddler & Child
    If your kids aren't enthusiastic about exercise, the trick is to find ways to get them moving without realizing it. Here are some methods that work in my house. 1. Walk the (Neighbor's) Dog Taking the dog for a walk is a great way to get your kids outside for even a 10-minute walk. Don't have...
  9. Pregnancy & Birth
    A new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology found a correlation between drinking artificially sweetened beverages, gestational diabetes, and childhood obesity. Expecting mothers who test positive for gestational diabetes and drink at least one diet beverage daily while...
  10. Toddler & Child
    According to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, kids who have a TV in their bedroom have a 20 to 30 percent higher risk of obesity due to bad snacking habits and decreased sleeping habits. When children spend more time watching TV, they are less likely to spend time...
  11. Green Goods
    New research conducted by the Ohio State University has found that consistency in mealtimes and bedtimes, as well as less than half an hour of television per day may reduce childhood and adult obesity. The research was based on information gathered from almost 11,000 British children who were...
  12. Baby
    A new study reveals that breast milk containing fructose may increase a baby's body weight, muscle mass, and bone mineral content by the time they're six months old. When it comes to feeding babies, breast milk is considered the gold standard of foods. (Though, we should mention we strongly...
  13. Toddler & Child
    According to a recent study, girls ages 6-11 years old are at higher risk of obesity if they possess poorer motor skills -- more so than boys the same age with similarly low skills. My children spend a great deal of time playing outside. I have always encouraged it, although they rarely need...
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