Can drinking fruit juice affect your child’s weight?

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As kids, we were told to drink juice because it was good for us. We used to drink just one small glass and never thought twice about it effecting... Read more

Kid’s menus: What is a healthy portion size?

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With the new menu labeling law coming out in May 2017, restaurants will be required to list the calorie counts on menu items. One might think... Read more

Is food advertising making our kids heavier?

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It’s a known fact that between 2011 and 2014, about 17 percent of children and adolescents ages 2-19 were obese. Obesity is associated... Read more

Why is high blood pressure underdiagnosed in children?

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An American childhood health crisis is developing because of the massive weight gain of the current generation of children compared to past... Read more

Extreme obesity has tripled among teens

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Over 450 pounds. That’s what a 14-year-old boy who came in for his first appointment with me weighed. Our office scale only goes up to... Read more

Should kids be tested for high cholesterol?

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Your children’s primary care doctor is facing an important question about whether to check the fat in your child’s blood. In 2011... Read more

Why the soda tax is not the real regressive

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Today’s guest blogger is George Matysik, executive director of the Philadelphia Parks Alliance. In early March, Mayor Kenney rolled... Read more

Your child’s next well visit may include depression, HIV screenings

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When your mother said an apple a day keeps the doctor away, she had more insight into primary care medicine than you ever thought. Being prepared... Read more