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
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 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
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.