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Junk Food Banned From Schools, But Will It Help Fight Obesity?

<b>More Food Policy</b><p>Junk food has gotten a lot of press recently. The USDA just implemented a ban on selling junk foods in schools, including from cafeterias and vending machines. The ban was a provision of the politically popular 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which also included improved …

Kids With Electronic Devices in the Bedroom Are More Likely to Be Obese

If your kid spends too much time staring at a TV or another electronic device at night, he's more likely to be obese and suffer from other health …

'Severe Obesity' In Children And Teens On The Rise In The U.S.

By: By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer<p>Published: 09/09/2013 04:38 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>About 5 percent of U.S. children and teens are "severely obese," and the numbers are rising, according to a new statement from the American Heart Association.<p>Although recent data suggesting that the rate of …

Treating Obesity in Children: Does it Even Make Sense?

In a recent Parents.com post, I asked whether or not the childhood obesity trend could be reversed. While there's no simple answer to this question, a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that we're moving in the right direction—at least among low-income …

Should Schools Be Responsible for Childhood Obesity Prevention?

How educators are struggling to keep junk food out of classrooms, and why it matters if schools become the frontline in the fight against childhood obesity<p>With the nation's childhood obesity rate triple what it was 30 years ago for adolescents, expectations that schools will do more to help keep …

Obese children 'more likely to have heart attack or stroke in adulthood'

Researchers say children with high BMI may already have up to 40% higher chance of disease due to range of risk factors<p>Obese children have a far higher risk of having a stroke or heart attack when they grow up than peers who have a normal weight, according to new research.<p>Children who are …

Is Self-Help the Secret to Reducing Childhood Obesity?

There is no shortage of strategies to lose weight, but which work best for children?<p>One in three U.S. kids weighs too much, according to the latest …