Health News

Playing the Odds on Children's Weight Gain
The talk about rates of childhood obesity in the US is hard to ignore. But all that talk isn't helpful unless parents have information about what puts a child at a higher risk for becoming obese.
Being Big with an Early Baby
When a woman becomes pregnant, her health affects her and her baby both. Being overweight or obese can also play a part in how a woman's pregnancy goes.
It Takes a Village for Kids to Lose Weight
If it takes a village to raise a child, does it take a village to keep that child from becoming overweight? What happens when people in the community create a program aimed at children?
Packing on the Baby Fat
Mom’s and dad’s habits, decisions and finances generally influence their offspring’s future. Childhood obesity, which is especially high among blacks and Latinos, also is a problem often shaped by parental choice and circumstance.
Looking for the Extra Chubby Toddlers
One health concern of parents today is child obesity. Knowing what children are at risk for being overweight can help parents discuss their concerns with their pediatrician.
Overfeeding Infants Linked to Obesity
Most moms urge kids to finish what they are served. But good intentions might not always translate into good outcomes. 
Seeing Fast Food Calories
Some fast food retailers openly list the calorie content of their menu items. And young people are among those giving a glance to those potentially fat-fighting figures.
One Breath Says All About Kids' Weight
Kids' breath can tell a lot about what they ate or how well they care for their teeth. The molecules that make up their breath might also reveal whether they are at risk for being overweight or obese.
If You Offer It, They Will Drink It
It's no secret that drinking too much Coke or Gatorade can add inches to kids' waistlines. But where they get those drinks might make a difference in how much they drink them.
Your Child Is What You Eat
Parents may feel frustrated trying to help their obese teenagers control their weight. Restricting their food may seem like a good option, but it can backfire.