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May 28, 2014

Childhood Obesity Increased by Nearly 50 Percent Worldwide Since 1980

From 1980 to 2013, childhood obesity increased by 47.1 percent across the world, a far more rapid rate than that of adults, according to a study published online in The Lancet.

May 27, 2014

Former Military Leaders Express Concern Over School-Meal-Standards Battle

In the spirit of Memorial Day, a group of retired United States military leaders have taken aim at a new enemy: the weakening of school nutrition standards.

May 19, 2014

Poor Sleep Found Linked to Higher Rates of Childhood Obesity

Parents, don't be jealous that your young children get to take frequent naps while you're stuck working all day. Those naps could be helping prevent childhood obesity.

May 07, 2014

Obesity at Age 25 Tied to Higher Risk of Severe Obesity Later in Life

Since previous research has found a majority of overweight and obese youth maintain the same weight status throughout adulthood, the study has significant implications for the ongoing effort to prevent childhood obesity.

May 06, 2014

Report Card Gives U.S. Youths a D- for Overall Physical Activity

The report card drew upon multiple nationally representative surveys to give grades for 10 indicators related to physical activity among children and youth.

April 07, 2014

How Much Does Childhood Obesity Cost Over a Child's Lifetime?

The lifetime medical cost of an obese child compared to a normal-weight child who maintains a normal weight through adulthood ranges from $16,310 to $19,350, suggests a study published in the journal Pediatrics.

March 31, 2014

Greater Muscular Strength Tied to Lower Cardiometabolic Risk in Youths

Teenagers with greater muscular strength have a lower overall risk of developing cardiometabolic problems such as diabetes and heart disease.

March 05, 2014

Active Video Games Found to Benefit Youths' Weight, Physical Activity

When integrated into a pediatric weight-management program, active video games have a positive effect on the amount of physical activity and weight of overweight and obese children, according to a new study.

February 26, 2014

Youth-Obesity Rate Plunged by 43 Percent Over Past Decade, CDC Finds

Based on data from the CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the prevalence of obesity among children aged 2 to 5 years decreased from 14 percent in 2003-04 to just over 8 percent in 2011-12.

February 09, 2014

Parents Tend to Underestimate Their Children's Weight, Analysis Finds

Roughly half of parents worldwide with overweight or obese children believe their children are a healthy weight, according to a meta-analysis published online in the journal Pediatrics.

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