Dr. Anthony Fauci and numerous other public health experts told us that lockdowns and stay-at-home orders were the best path to mitigation for COVID-19 coronavirus. But did they consider the health risks of those lockdowns. A new study reveals an unintended consequence: higher childhood obesity rates.
For parents, rewarding children with food can sometimes seem like an easy fix for behavioral challenges. Kids respond to delicious treats, after all. But is this a dangerous habit that threatens the health of children?
Obesity puts you at risk for a variety of life-altering or life-threatening conditions and diseases. These include cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, decreased cognition and a weak immune system. These are all common “side effects” of aging, too. Is obesity just accelerated or premature aging?
Your kids just put in a great game! Win or lose, they went all out and worked their tails off. Now it’s time for a post-game snack! They earned it, right? It’s a tradition, after all. But is it a tradition that’s actually making your kids fatter and less healthy?
Obesity – especially childhood obesity – is a hot topic in America. For many parents, it is a horrifying specter haunting their children as they grow. While many dietary plans may help them grow healthy, lean and strong, there’s one surefire way to make sure they become obese.
This study is interesting, if not conclusive. Meta-analyses lack a clear indication of cause and effect. For that reason, they are not the ultimate scientific research tool. That being said, when a systematic review and meta-analysis reviews 28 studies from seven different countries and involves more than 21,000 kids between the ages of 1 and… Continue reading Lower Risk of Obesity and Overweight For Kids Who Drink Whole Milk
Childhood obesity has been an emotionally charged, near panic-inducing topic in the US and beyond for decades. New programs are repeatedly thrown at the issue in the hopes of “stemming the tide” of childhood obesity. Public policy on the issue has committed tens of billions of taxpayer dollars. In the media, in schools and even… Continue reading Childhood Obesity and Gut Bacteria
Another study has confirmed what most parents already know innately. If you offer children a wide variety and large quantities of tasty, less-than-healthy snack foods, they will eat a lot of those foods – and get fat! There are a couple of interesting thing about this study, however. First, it focused on snack foods and… Continue reading Wide Variety, Large Quantities of Snack Foods Are Driving Childhood Obesity
For many years, there has been debate about which kinds of programs offer the highest psychosocial benefits to kids – physical fitness programs or those geared toward art, music and relaxed social interaction. With youth depression, anxiety and obesity on the rise, this debate is now both timely and time-sensitive. Now, a study from the… Continue reading Attention, Connection And FUN Offer Psychosocial Benefits to Obese Kids
How did humans get to be so much fatter than our closest primate relatives, despite sharing 99% of the same DNA? A new study suggests that part of the answer may have to do with an ancient molecular shift in how DNA is packaged inside fat cells, which curbed our body’s ability to turn ‘bad’… Continue reading How Did Humans Become the “Fat Apes?”