In the Packard Pediatric Weight Control Program, kids learn that some foods, like cookies, cupcakes and soda, are "red lights" and shouldn't be eaten frequently.
November 28, 2011 A Northern California program offers a model for how parents can work with their kids to lose weight and keep it off. The approach is remarkably straight forward — and successful.
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First Lady Michelle Obama, accompanied by Darden chef Julie Elkinton, talks to Charisse McElroy, right, and her daughter Jacqueline McElroy, 9, during an event at Olive Garden in Hyattsville, Md. on Thursday.
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September 15, 2011 The company has pledged to reduce its calorie and sodium footprints with a goal of 10 percent reduction over the next five years and 20 percent in the next decade. It says its restaurants will also downsize meal portions.
August 3, 2011 Now researchers have confirmed what many parents see every day: Kids love to use electronic devices at the same time. The multitasking can make it even more challenging to figure out how much time kids are spending in front of screens.
July 19, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, should parents lose custody of a child who is obese, and Rupert Murdoch's testimony. In the second hour, what comes next after the Arab Spring, and The Pirates of Somalia.
D'oh! Forget the error on screen. Parking in front of it is the bigger mistake.
June 27, 2011 Pediatricians are recommending that children shouldn't spend more than two hours a day plopped down in front of a computer, television or any other glowing device. And the littlest kids — those ages 2 and younger — shouldn't watch any TV at all, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
A chubby baby may not be a healthy baby.
June 23, 2011 Almost 10 percent of babies and toddlers are overweight, and children's health researchers are concerned. The Institute of Medicine wants child care centers, preschools and parents to play a bigger role in keeping these young kids from gaining too much weight.
Researchers looked at whether restaurants and stores that sold unhealthful food near high schools affected students' weight.
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June 20, 2011 Researchers in Maine found no significant relationship between the proximity of unhealthful food stores to schools and high school students' weight. But a critic said the study was too small to answer the question definitively.
Five-year-old Andy Villatoro plays with a toy he received with a Happy Meal at a San Francisco McDonald's last year.
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March 4, 2011 The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia want McDonald's to report to the world on what it's doing to address concerns about the health effects of fast food. The nuns are particularly concerned about children's health.
A bartender spreads Nutella on a crepe in a Rome creperie.
February 10, 2011 A California mom is part of a lawsuit that claims the marketing of Nutella as a healthful food is misleading. The maker of the chocolaty, nutty spread stands by its product.
Hold off on this mess until baby is at least four months old.
February 7, 2011 Formula-fed kids who started on solid food by four months were six times more likely to become obese as preschoolers. For kids who got breast milk, there was no difference in obesity risk tied to when solid foods were introduced.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 47 percent of moms were in the labor force in 1975. By 2008, that number rose to 71 percent.
February 4, 2011 The link wasn't explained by other factors, including the amount of TV watched or the time of day moms worked. The weight gain was small, about a pound, and no reason for moms to feel guilty, the lead researcher says.
August 9, 2010 More girls at experiencing early onset puberty at age 7, raising concerns for eventual cancers.
February 10, 2010 One can't help but ponder how much easier healthy eating might be for children living in a dual-income household with two ivy leaguers as parents, and, how much more convenient healthy eating becomes after moving into the White House where expert ...
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