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November 30, 2012

Can Childhood Obesity Be Predicted at Birth? New Study Says Yes

It's possible to predict the likelihood of a child becoming obese from the time he or she is born based on a simple formula, according to a new study.

November 16, 2012

New Partnership Aims to Curb Childhood Obesity by 2015

A collaboration between the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation aims to turn around the childhood-obesity epidemic in three years.

November 09, 2012

Childhood Obesity Expected to Cost Maine Over $1 Billion, Study Says

If childhood obesity remains unchecked in Maine, it's expected to cost the state roughly $1.2 billion in medical costs over the next 20 years, according to a new study.

November 06, 2012

Study: Team Sports in School, Soda Intake Linked to Students' Weight

Students who participate in team sports at school are more likely to be able to maintain a healthy weight, while large amounts of soda consumption and screen time were linked to students being overweight or gaining weight.

October 26, 2012

NFL Game This Weekend to Embrace 5th Grader's 'Pink Flags' Idea

A 5th grader wrote to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to suggest using pink penalty flags in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

September 18, 2012

States Could Have 60 Percent Obesity Rate by 2030, Report Suggests

The "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012" report estimates that every state could have an adult obesity rate of 44 percent or higher within the next 20 years, assuming obesity rates continue increasing along their current trajectory.

September 10, 2012

Presidential Physical Fitness Test to Be Replaced After 2012-13

Starting next school year, the Physical Fitness Test will be replaced by the newly-announced Presidential Youth Fitness Program, a "health-related, criterion-based assessment."

September 06, 2012

Childhood Obesity Declining in Philadelphia Since 2006-07, Study Finds

The prevalence of childhood obesity among all Philadelphia students dropped by over 4.5 percent between the 2006-07 school year and 2009-10 school year, according to a new study.

August 21, 2012

Lack of Exercise, Obesity Rank as Adults' Big Concerns for Kids

Adults consider a lack of exercise to be the most pressing health problem for U.S. youths, with childhood obesity not trailing far behind, according to the sixth annual C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.

August 15, 2012

Laws Limiting Schools' Junk Food Linked to Lower Student BMIs

Students living in states with laws that limit high-calorie food and drinks in school were found to have smaller increases in body mass index (BMI) than students in states with weaker or no such laws, according to a new study.

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