Childhood Obesity: talking & listening to your kids

Childhood obesity is a challenging problem. As difficult as it is for a parent to acknowledge that their child is overweight, it is even more daunting for that parent to figure out how to even being to talk to the child about loosing weight.

Childhood obesity is a challenging problem. As difficult as it is for a parent to acknowledge that their child is overweight, it is even more daunting for that parent to figure out how to even being to talk to the child about loosing weight. Many parents wonder if they should have the discussion at all.

Some experts worry that discussing weight issues with kids may create body image problems, problems. But many experts, including me, feel the exact opposite. It is crucial to talk with your child because overweight kids know they have a problem and are in huge pain as a result.

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Picture Perfect? Not in this year’s camp pics!

If you want proof that the kids and teens of our society have a weight problem, are obese, all you have to do is check out the online camp photos of any overnight camp this year compared with last year or the year before. Seeing is believing – and shocking. It’s time we realize our kids are collectively eating too much and not moving enough.

If you want proof that the kids and teens of our society have a weight problem, are obese, all you have to do is check out the online camp photos of any overnight camp this year compared with last year or the year before. Seeing is believing – and shocking. It’s time we realize our kids are collectively eating too much and not moving enough.

I hear from families that their kids are often but the waist lines of kids, and parents, would state otherwise. Strolling through the food court at any mall is testimony that today’s family has a problem. It’s fine for families to eat out once in a while and fast food on occasion need not be a calorie killer but these kids are not just eating a bit of calories, they are eating 2-3 times their daily calories in one sitting. It isn’t uncommon to see a small elementary school child or a middle school child downing a super sized fast food meal complete with a milk shake. Someone needs to shake these parents, look them in the eye and yell STOP!

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“Whole Foods” needs a diet, says CEO, and we need to watch where we shop!

I have to say, I wasn’t shocked by the WSJ blog post “Whole Foods CEO: ‘We Sell a Bunch of Junk’. All you have to do is walk through the aisles of any Whole Foods to know this is true. Long gone are the health foods, although the fresh fruits, veggies and meats are still top notch.

I have to say, I wasn’t shocked by the WSJ blog post “Whole Foods CEO: ‘We Sell a Bunch of Junk’. All you have to do is walk through the aisles of any Whole Foods to know this is true. Long gone are the health foods, although the fresh fruits, veggies and meats are still top notch.

I have to agree with the WSJ that Whole Foods has become more of a  “food boutique” than a “health food store” and Whole Foods own CEO, John Mackey, agrees. He noted to WSJ that “We sell all kinds of candy. We sell a bunch of junk.”

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Happy Meals at 30: still packing caloric punches on our kids 3 decades later!

It’s always a bit of a landmark when something like the Happy Meal reaches a big milestone in years. This week marks it’s 30th anniversary of being introduced into our lives. That’s a lot of years, a lot of meals and a lot of small cute toys!

It’s always a bit of a landmark when something like the Happy Meal reaches a big milestone in years. This week marks it’s 30th anniversary of being introduced into our lives. That’s a lot of years, a lot of meals and a lot of small cute toys!

A meal in a box…who would have thought! I do remember when they first came out and parents with little kids flocked to them like flies to sticky paper. However, coming in at 600 calories for an average meal, packed a huge punch on the typical child’s health and waist band. Indeed, as noted by ABC News, childhood obesity has increased by 4x over the last 3 decades moving from only 4% the child population to 17%!!

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