Category Archives: childhood obesity

A new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that children of obese mothers have increased risks for developing serious cardiovascular disease and early death. Yikes!

The study is based on the health records of more than 37,000 people born in Scotland between 1950 and 1976. It does not try to explain why a mother’s weight would affect the health of an adult child decades later. Genes may play a role, and so too might family lifestyle. There is abundant evidence that adult eating habits are often originally defined during childhood, so family lifestyle may play a significant … Read the rest

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just announced that, for the first time in decades, the rate of childhood obesity is down slightly. The rate of obesity in low-income preschoolers was lower in 18 states.

This is fantastic news, but one year is not a trend and we shouldn’t take our eyes off the ball quite yet. Childhood obesity is still at epidemic levels in many states. Some states report childhood obesity still affects more than 1 in 6 children, and studies continue to show that suffering from childhood obesity significantly raises the probability of continuing adult obesity.

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Healthy KidAlmost 1/3 of all children between the ages of 2 and 19 are overweight or obese, according to government data. This is horrible, since we know that an overweight child is far more likely to become an overweight adult and that can lead to a whole number of chronic disease including diabetes, heart disease.

It can be hard to get your children to eat better, but there are some things every parent can do. These aren’t especially difficult, but they do require some effort. They will pay off, though. Remember that eating habits, both good and bad, developed in childhood … Read the rest

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We just returned from a health fair at Scottsdale Christian Academy sponsored by Monterey Benefits that we participated in, and we had a great time. There was a crowd around our table for most of the event, and people asked lots of questions. But what was really exciting was to see the interest attendees had in our new Healthy Teaching Tips Program.

The health fair was attended by school faculty and staff and almost everyone we talked to was interested in our new program. The Healthy Teaching Tips Program provides members with a new tip sheet – a worksheet, … Read the rest

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McDonalds announced recently that it was testing the addition of televisions at 700 restaurants throughout the country. But, it’s not just any TV. it’s the custom “M Channel” that’s playing in their restaurants.

Lee Edmondson, who has spent more than 8 years developing the concept for McDonalds, says that the channel’s aim is to offer exclusive content to entertainment customers. But, to me, that is what I like to call the “official story.”

So, what’s the “real story?” Is there any doubt that McDonalds will use their new M Channel to provide ads and promotions with their “entertainment” content? They … Read the rest

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