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September 23, 2014

Study Finds Academic Benefits for Children's Physical Activities

Among both boys and girls, physical activity during recess in 1st grade was directly correlated to reading fluency through 1st and 2nd grades.

September 05, 2014

Report Identifies States With Highest Rates of Obesity Among High Schoolers

Though childhood-obesity rates have leveled off over the past decade, at least 15 percent of high schoolers in seven states were considered obese in 2013.

August 25, 2014

Parent Perceptions of Children's Weight Found to Be Increasingly Inaccurate

Overall, parents were 16 percent less likely to correctly identify their overweight or obese children as overweight in 2005-10 compared to 1988-94.

August 19, 2014

Adults Rank Obesity as Biggest Child-Health Concern Locally, Nationally

In total, 29 percent of adults listed childhood obesity as a "big concern" locally, while 55 percent listed it as a "big concern" nationally.

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.

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