We wanted to find a way to reduce how much children snack on foods high in fat, salt and sugar.
Child malnutrition is no stranger to high-income countries. In Canada and the U.S., food insecurity affects one in six children under 18, but policies to address the issue are still lacking.
Rates of obesity and eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia both surged among young people over the past two years. Scholars explain why, and how parents can support kids dealing with body shame.
A study of over 1,000 children in rural Oklahoma found that social and emotional health may be just as important as diet and exercise in reducing child obesity.
Growing fruit and vegetables gets children moving and gets them enthused about healthy eating.
If any other condition affected as many children and contributed to as many long-term health problems as obesity does, we would have had an action plan long ago. But it’s not too late to start.
The link that Ronald McDonald House creates between itself and sick children is not just positive, it is sacrosanct.
It’s time to stop shifting responsibility onto individuals, and start supporting deprived communities to live healthy lifestyles.
Obese people are stigmatised by society – no wonder parents react defensively to letters informing them their child is overweight.
The proposal is very different to schemes in the US where BMI report cards are sent to parents. Instead, the data would feed into obesity research and prevention programs.
School is out and screens make tempting babysitters. Follow these recommendations to allow your child some screen time without compromising their health and development.
The Daily Mile started in a primary school in central Scotland six years ago. Now it has spread to 3,600 schools in 35 countries.
We asked teenagers what they need to get, and stay, active.
Social media platforms can identify children who are most interested in or vulnerable to junk food and its advertising.
Most people assume the only reason to eat healthy foods is to stay slim. But being slim doesn’t mean you’re healthy, and doesn’t mean it’s OK to eat junk.
It’s not laziness that is causing some parents to overfeed their children.
Bombarded with unhealthy offerings by the food industry, we blame and shame ourselves for gaining weight. But is it really our fault, or are we being “entrapped?”
The people at risk are the ones who need to be listened to.
We need children to get hold of their fitness levels - literally.
To combat childhood obesity, we need to start from day one.