Childhood Obesity

Planning a Healthy Summer

The long, lazy, hot days of summer are here, and many parents are looking for activities to involve their kids in to occupy their time during the summer break. One thing that children get lots of during the summer, and maybe even too much of, is idle time.  During the summer break, many children spend hours watching television taking breaks only to use the bathroom and eat.  This combination of inactivity and eating can lead to children packing on the pounds during ... Read more

Prevent Childhood Obesity with these Tips

Childhood obesity has been declared an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  A disease is declared an epidemic when it has developed and spread very rapidly and extensively.  In other words then, childhood obesity is taking the world—especially the Western, world by storm.  The CDC cites statistics like, ‘Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years’ or ‘in 2012, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or ... Read more

Parents should skip the diet talk

A number of parents have spoken to me about putting their child on a ‘diet’ because they feel, or have been told, that the child is overweight.  Although I know what they are referring to when they ask for a diet, the first thing I usually do is explained to them that a ‘diet’ is simply the foods and beverages a person eats and drinks on a regular basis.  Secondly, I explained why putting a child on a diet, where certain ... Read more