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New concerns about teen obesity

Monday, September 24, 2012, 1:07 PM
by Rima Himelstein, M.D. What forces are adding to the obesity epidemic in teens? Here are key ones: - Fast food: 80 percent of teens underestimated the calories in their fast-food meals; they guessed 800 calories when the calorie count was really almost double that: 1,500. - Screen time:... Read more

Does salt matter for kids?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 1:56 PM
Is it time to hand kids the salt shaker, order movie popcorn with a side of sodium and stop worrying about the 1,230-1,420 milligrams of sodium currently allowed in school lunches by the USDA (as much as a Big Mac and fries)? Maybe that’s extreme, but The Great Salt Debate flared up anew this... Read more

A teen heart risk parents can't ignore

Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 4:20 PM
There are plenty of studies in the news these days warning that teens, preteens and even little kids have heart-disease risk factors that once only happened to adults ... but today a brand-new report paints a picture parents shouldn’t miss. Researchers in Finland took a look at the arteries of... Read more

A sneaky parenting trick: pairing toys with healthier fast food

Friday, August 24, 2012, 12:34 PM
by Sari Harrar A new Canadian study says that little kids are three times more interested in healthier fast-food options when they’re the only ones that come with a toy. It’s really no surprise…what parent hasn’t had a little kid go wild in the backseat for a little plastic... Read more

What would batman eat?

Saturday, August 4, 2012, 7:25 AM
Every day, we hear something on the news about the obesity crisis in this country. And every day, parents, grandparents, doctors, dietitians, and the First Lady try to find a new way to encourage kids to eat healthy. In my profession, we preach that being an example to kids, parent encouragement, and... Read more

How to get your kids moving

Saturday, August 4, 2012, 7:24 AM
One of my summertime goals was to take more walks in our woodsy neighborhood with my daughter. We both need the exercise; walking together also gives us a chance to connect, relax and talk about things that we might not get to when things are busy at home. It’s working! So I was happy to read... Read more

More TV = wider waists for Kids

Friday, July 20, 2012, 3:53 PM
by Sari Harrar Every extra hour of weekly TV that little kids watch translates into more abdominal fat and lower fitness levels years later, say University of Montreal researchers. In a new study, scientists asked the parents of 2- to 4-year-olds about their kids’ TV-watching habits. They checked... Read more

Teens, their friends and weight

Friday, July 20, 2012, 11:26 AM
by Sari Harrar Could your teen’s circle of friends influence her body weight and activity level? A new study says yes. Loyola University researchers have found that high school students were more likely to gain weight if they had friends who were heavier than they were. Conversely, students... Read more

Weight-loss surgery for teens?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 4:58 PM
by Gary A. Emmett, M.D. The obesity ”epidemic” is now old news, but it is scaring the heck out of medical practitioners since we know that the very heavy children we are now seeing will have chronic illnesses such as Type II diabetes, hypertension, fatty liver, gall bladder disease and... Read more

Protecting kids from diabetes

Friday, May 25, 2012, 2:18 PM
Bad news from America’s “diabesity” epidemic: A new report says that the number of teens with diabetes or prediabetes more than doubled between 1999 and 2008 – from 9 percent to 23 percent. That’s nearly one in four kids. And it doesn’t include another group worth... Read more
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The Healthy Kids blog is your window into the latest news, research and advice around children's health. Learn more about our growing list of contributors here.

If you have questions about your child's health, ask them here.

Anna Nguyen Healthy Kids blog Editor
Stephen Aronoff, M.D., M.B.A. Temple University Hospital
Peter Bidey, D.O. Medical Director of Family Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Christopher C. Chang, M.D., Ph.D Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
Mario Cruz, M.D. St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Drexel University College of Medicine
Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, Ph.D. Lead Psychologist - The Anxiety Behaviors Clinic, CHOP
Gary A. Emmett, M.D. Director of Hospital Pediatrics at TJU Hospital & Pediatrics Professor at Thomas Jefferson Univ.
Lauren Falini Bariatric exercise physiologist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
Hazel Guinto-Ocampo, M.D. Nemours duPont Pediatrics/Bryn Mawr Hospital
Rima Himelstein, M.D. Crozer-Keystone Health System
Jessica Kendorski, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D Associate Professor in School Psychology/Applied Behavior Analysis at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Anita Kulick President & CEO, Educating Communities for Parenting
Janet Rosenzweig, MS, PhD, MPA VP for Programs & Research for Prevent Child Abuse America
Beth Wallace Smith, R.D. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
W. Douglas Tynan, Ph.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Jefferson Medical Colg
Flaura Koplin Winston, M.D., Ph.D Scientific Director of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention
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