In urban environments, fighting for childhood health is a lot more complex than pushing the kids off the couch. We need to look to a broad range of actions to address the environmental causes of childhood obesity in urban environments.
As we move into a new era of treating obesity as a disease, doctors face a tough challenge: discussing obesity without increasing patients’ feelings of stigma. Concrete new guidelines will help; a whole family approach and a little empathy can’t hurt either.
The idea that public health must start with and by driven by the public is easy to articulate but hard to execute. This month, the Prevention Institute released a report, “Towards a 21st Century Approach: Advancing a Vision for Prevention and Public Health,” that begins to lay out a framework for action.
Many people may not understand the link between childhood sleep deficits and longer term risks such as becoming overweight or obese. Proactive parenting can help prevent sleep issues from getting out of hand.
With two-thirds of Americans adults and one third of children overweight or obese, our nation has recalibrated its view of “normal” body shape, putting both adults and kids at risk early onset of a wide-range of chronic diseases. But two stories in the past few days indicate that public perception may be turning a corner.
A new study reports that between 2001 and 2009, American teens upped their physical activity, potentially decreasing rates of childhood obesity. Parents like Ashley, who are committed to keeping their kids active, are key to maintaining that momentum .
Somehow, an idea has taken hold that kids won't eat healthy food. Patrick Mustain of the Yale Rudd Center isn't buying it. "Once upon a time, there was no such thing as chicken nuggets. In those days, there were children, and they did in fact eat."
A recent slew of positive news on the childhood obesity front has given us and others reason to double down on efforts to improve kids’ health. But a recent post by blogger Bettina Elias Siegel offers a valuable reality check: We have miles to go before we sleep. Especially in Texas.