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Child Obesity: What Can Parents Do?

Dec. 12, 2014

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I’ve tried to provide a lot of tips, tricks, and information about how to help your child either prevent or fight child obesity.  It’s tough to keep track of all of the guidelines for keeping a child healthy through diet and exercise.  I feel Dr. Paul Thomas, a pediatrician, does an excellent job of summarizing these guidelines in his video “Obesity in Children: What Can Parents Do?”.

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Educate Yourself: Videos on Child Obesity

Dec. 7, 2014

 

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Did you know that this generation of children is not expected to outlive their parents? Watch the videos below to learn facts and hear personal stories.

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Christmas Time is Here

Dec. 7, 2014

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Although it is a few weeks away, it’s never too soon to start get excited about Christmas!  It is by far my favorite time of the year for multiple reasons, but mostly because of all the decorations.  Ever since I was a kid I’ve always loved decorating the house with my family.

If your kids don’t get excited about decorating, try inciting them into the experience by making edible decorations.  That’s right, I’m talking about festive snacks!  I’ve been perusing around Pinterest a lot lately, and I found some really adorable and healthy holiday snacks for kids!  It’s easy to fall out of healthy habits around the holidays with all the hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, and other treats so I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you.  Lets get to it!

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An Overlook: Campaigns Supporting Child Obesity

Dec. 5, 2014

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Child obesity is an issue that seems to receive a lot of recognition from the general public and various organizations.  The problem is that most of the people and those involved in the organizations aren’t taking action.  Child obesity isn’t going to go away on its own.  The people who are conscious of the effect child obesity is having on our nation’s youth need to spread awareness and encouragement to others.  There are currently two campaigns run by well-known organizations and people that are doing just that.

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Getting Your Kids Excited About Exercising

Nov. 26, 2014

 

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Diet and exercise are a key combination to preventing obesity in children and adults. My last post mentioned some options for providing children with a healthy diet. So now lets explore the other half—physical activity.

Clearly, it’s a good idea to get your kids into a regular exercise activity.  So what are some ways to get your kids to willingly exercise?

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The Road to a Healthier Thanksgiving                                 

Nov. 21, 2014

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Can you believe that Thanksgiving is already right around the corner?  Thanksgiving dinner is probably the most anticipated and traditional meal of the year.  With it comes bloating, sleepiness, and maybe even a couple extra pounds.  Looking for ways to cut down on calories this Thanksgiving? Maybe you should be.  The average person eats 4,500 calories in one sitting on Thanksgiving.  One sitting.  Here’s some information to help you get on the right track to a healthier meal.

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Wonder What Other People Are Saying About Child Obesity?

Nov. 15, 2014

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It is always interesting to read other people’s thoughts/views on a certain topic or issue.  It’s almost mind-boggling how one topic can spark many different thoughts or tones to the words written by different people.

I went out looking for people’s quotes or just sayings in general that related in some way to child obesity.  The quotes I found were all across the board in terms of tone.  Overall it seems that most of them were sarcastic with others being informative or inspirational.

Here are my favorites. Enjoy!

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Are Food Companies and Fast Food Industries to Blame for Child Obesity?

Nov. 13, 2014

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In my last post I touched upon how food companies focus their advertisements on children. Although food companies and fast food industries are not fully to blame for child obesity, the influence their advertisements have on the younger generation is a major problem and contributes greatly to the obesity epidemic.

Advertisements for six fast food companies made up over 70% of all television ads seen by children and teens.  With advertisements being so prevalent, it’s no wonder kids feel the need to give into the temptations and indulged in fast foods.

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Proposed Nutrition Labels Could Change Child Obesity As We Know It

Nov. 6, 214

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How often do you look at the nutrition information on the back of a food product?  We’ve all done it.  We’re concerned about what we’re eating so we turn the package or box over and look at the “important” information: the calories and fats.  But have you ever paid attention to the sugars?  After this, I bet you’ll start.

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Child Obesity for Dummies: An Intro

Oct. 27, 2014

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One in three children in the United states are obese.  The child obesity rates in the US have tripled in the last 30 years.  This figure is very alarming, yet not shocking.  It is easy to notice the increased number of obese children when out in public.  There seems to be more and more larger children these days and the number doesn’t look like it will be decreasing anytime soon.

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