According to a recent study published in Pediatrics, a child is more likely to be overweight at a young age if his mother was overweight before she became pregnant.
Ohio State University researchers studied data from more than 3,000 children and... Read more
Today so many people are overweight or obese that it is sometimes viewed as the norm. This is making it difficult for parents to recognize whether their own child has a weight problem. A recent study surveyed the parents of almost 300... Read more
Editor's Note: SparkPeople first asked for your help in fighting childhood obesity a few years ago, but with the recent launch of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign to combat childhood obesity, we updated this article and add... Read more
Of course we know that obesity has reached epidemic proportions in this country- and now it's been spilling over to our kids. Obesity among children is skyrocketing, and getting a lot of attention these days, but I think people are still not... Read more
As a parent, your days are probably pretty stressful. You get the older kids off to school, run errands, keep the household running smoothly, and maintain your career. At the end of a hard day, you just want to relax and spend some quality time with... Read more
Comfort eating is an old established habit after dinner for me and replacing them with new habits is a challenge. What small changes and/or new habits have you made to address this issue?
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I'm looking for ideas of what would be healthy to order at the local pizza place. I am thinking salad with grilled chicken but, that is kind of boring. My other ideas were a fresh mozzarella, lettuce, tomato and roasted red pepper salad. What do Y... Read more
I am a 16 year old girl who is about 140 pounds (about 5'5). I'm trying to lose some weight, only about 5-10 lbs. I eat about 1800 calories, 60g fat, 245g carbs, and 120g protein. I lift and do cardio 5-6x a week. If I eat any less than that, I get h... Read more
Upon opening the refrigerator to mindlessly graze, ask: "Do I really need to eat right now, or am I snacking because I'm stressed, tired, or bored?" If it's really the scheduled time to snack, choose a healthy snack instead of the comfort food. If... Read more
Help your children (and yourself) maintain a healthy attitude toward food and fitness. Expert Q&As Q. My son comes home from school and heads straight for the sofa—and video games. How can I get him to be more active?&... Read more
A new study published in the journal Pediatrics shows that installing water fountains in schools can have a direct impact on childhood obesity rates. Surprised? The study, conducted in Germany, involved 2 groups of second and third graders. The fi... Read more
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