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.
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 .
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.
Given the link between childhood obesity and educational outcomes, schools have a clear interest in helping to foster kids’ awareness of healthy behaviors, including healthy eating. The key is ensuring that we encourage the adoption of programs with proven benefits.