Tag: Childhood Obesity

Helping Your Kids Develop Healthy Habits

Peek across the playground and you will notice that many children these days are obese. The CDC recently stated that “childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the last 30 years.” Currently, over 18% of children and 21% of adolescents are obese. Unfortunately, obesity in children raises many of […]

Parents May Underestimate Calorie Count in Fast Food Meals for Kids

Many parents buy large meals for their children at fast food restaurants, and they tend to underestimate how many calories are actually in the food, according to a new study. There’s no denying that fast food has become a large part of America’s dining culture. According to the book Fast Food Nation, over the past […]

Air Pollution and Childhood Obesity Study

Air pollution may contribute to the high childhood obesity rates in the United States, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Previous research had found that the pollutant, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH), can negatively affect childhood IQs and is linked to depression, anxiety, and attention problems […]

Childhood Obesity and Sleep Deprivation

Who would have thought it? Lack of sleep in kids has a direct correlation to childhood obesity. For one week, the University of Chicago tracked the sleep patterns of 308 children (ages 4-10) in Louisville, KY. Adolescents who got the least amount of sleep had a 4.2 times higher risk of becoming obese. Those who slept during the week but stayed up late on weekend nights tripled their risk.

U.S. Senate Declares September 2010 National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

On March 26, 2010, a resolution was unanimously passed in the Senate to designate September 2010 as “National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month”, bringing national attention to a growing epidemic among youth in the United States. The resolution requests that the president issue a proclamation calling on the federal government, states, tribes and localities to observe September with programs that promote healthy eating and physical activity. Activities planned in September are important steps to improving kids’ wellness and educating families on how to live healthier.

Weight Loss Surgery May Help Obese Adolescents

Childhood obesity is a serious and growing problem. Over the past 30 years, obesity rates among children have tripled. A recent study In the Journal of American Medical Association shows that gastric banding surgery, such as LAP-BAND, can and have been, more effective than traditional weight loss programs promoting diet and exercise.

Fight Against Childhood Obesity makes progress with Michelle Obama announcing Let’s Move Campaign

The Surgical Specialists of Louisiana are thrilled to share with you some exciting news out of Washington. The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) was one of the few select organizations to attend First Lady, Michelle Obama’s kick-off event for her National Campaign that will take a stand against childhood obesity. The new campaign, Let’s Move will get kids moving and will promote healthy weight loss in obese children. Below is an official Statement from the OAC

Sugary Beverages and Their Link to Childhood Obesity

There has been a lot of controversy lately regarding soda, sugary drinks and their link to obesity. Some lawmakers have even proposed extra taxes on these beverages to help curb the problem. In this article, printed with permission of the Obesity Action Coalition, Dr. Rodrick D. McKinlay discusses the role liquid calories play in obesity among children.

Bariatric Patient Spotlight: Teen Obesity – Jeremy Poulton

Adolescent obesity is getting a lot of attention these days. And rightly so! The NHANES surveys show that the prevalence of obesity for those aged 12 to 19 has increased from 5% to 17.6% over the past three years.