The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Heart Association support taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages and limits on marketing to children.
The study also found that the greater the number of adverse experiences in children’s lives, the stronger the likelihood they will be overweight or obese.
A main cause behind childhood obesity in Latinos is a lack of nutrition knowledge, brought on by cultural teachings and language barriers.
In Minnesota, 10.4 percent of young people aged 10 to 17 are obese, well below the national average of 15.8 percent, a new survey finds.
Why do we continue to put the responsibility for turning around the obesity epidemic on individuals when it’s long-past clear that a much more comprehensive approach is needed?
Through the SHIP program, local public health, tribal nations and local partners are working to increase opportunities in Minnesota for healthy eating and physical activity.
Unlike other public health crises, childhood obesity could easily be addressed with a commitment to the cause by the state Legislature and the Department of Health.
35.1 percent of U.S. children were overweight or obese in 2016 — a sharp 4.7 percent increase from just two years earlier, in 2014.
In 2016, 27.7 percent of Minnesota’s 10- to 17-year-olds were overweight or obese.
In 70 countries — including the United States — the prevalence of obesity is now at least twice what it was in 1980, and it has continuously increased in most other countries.
Food and beverage marketing has been identified as a significant contributor to the increase in childhood obesity in the U.S. over the past three decades.
In the study, the average weight of students in the schools with water jets fell by a bit less than 1% in boys and by slightly more than 0.5% in girls. That translated into a 4- to 5-pound weight loss.
At Seward Montessori elementary school, the school buses stop about a half-mile short of the school doors. All the kids get out, and everyone walks together to the building.
The findings underscore the importance of not using shame or embarrassment when trying to motivate teenagers to make more healthful lifestyle choices.
As Congress prepares to renew the legislation that established the latest school nutrition standards, our message is simple: Rolling them back is not in our kids’ best interest.
The study offers an intriguing look at how policymakers use — or don’t use — scientifically obtained evidence in shaping legislation.
Leniency in labeling has allowed some producers to cut their honey with other sweeteners. The new guidelines will help consumers identify ‘the real deal.’
Taking a longer view, a new study questions earlier “good news” about childhood obesity rates and finds that severe obesity cases are on the rise.