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Childhood Obesity

Obese children and teenagers face a slew of potential health problems as they get older, including an increased risk of diabetes, heart attacks, and certain cancers. As if that weren't enough, obesity may harm young people's long-term college and career prospects, too.

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Booker, Frist fight childhood obesityupdated: Tue May 01 2012 07:15:00

Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Former Senate Majority leader Dr. Bill Frist on new childhood obesity initiatives.

As childhood obesity improves, will kids in poverty be left behind?updated: Tue May 01 2012 07:15:00

The statistics are grim: Roughly one in six U.S. children are obese, and, at last count, nearly one in three are overweight, putting them at increased risk of health problems ranging from diabetes to being bullied at school.

'Hard to be a little girl if you're not'updated: Thu Feb 16 2012 10:02:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks with a high school student who appears in a controversial anti-obesity ad campaign.

Why is it so hard for kids to lose weight? updated: Thu Feb 16 2012 10:02:00

Lyn McDonald is doing everything right.

Obese children outgrowing kids' clothing and furnitureupdated: Wed Feb 15 2012 07:30:00

In middle school, Taylor LeBaron struggled to fit into his seat. The desks in class had a ceramic plate attached to the chair.

Georgia's child obesity ads aim to create movement out of controversyupdated: Tue Feb 07 2012 08:08:00

It started with the denial of a growing health crisis.

Taking obese child from mom is wrongupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 08:06:00

Is child obesity a form of child neglect?

When kids become overweight, blood pressure may spikeupdated: Tue Oct 04 2011 11:14:00

Children are considered overweight if their body mass index (BMI) -- simple ratio of height to weight -- is in the 85th percentile or above for their age. That imaginary line may seem arbitrary to some, but a child's risk of having high blood pressure nearly triples if he or she crosses it, a new study has found.

Foster care for obese children? Not a good ideaupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 12:56:00

We know smoking is bad, yet it seems far-fetched to suggest that parents who smoke should have their children put in foster care, doesn't it? Could you imagine if someone suggested that asthmatics who didn't take the appropriate medication be removed from their parents' home?

How does a baby get to be obese?updated: Mon Jun 27 2011 09:55:00

A 4-year-old lumbered into a Boston pediatric clinic. He walked with a limp.

Are you making your kid fat?updated: Mon Jun 27 2011 09:55:00

Chef Domenica Catelli explains how you may be serving your family foods that pack on the pounds without knowing it.

First lady to announce replacement for food pyramidupdated: Thu Jun 02 2011 08:18:00

Remember the food pyramid, the old symbol that showed us what a healthy diet looked like?

People.com: Rep. Aaron Schock Flaunts Abs on Cover of Men's Healthupdated: Mon May 09 2011 14:31:00

The Illinois Republican strips down to get Americans to step up and exercise more

Feds to tighten school nutrition standardsupdated: Thu Jan 13 2011 13:42:00

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a new proposed rule Thursday designed to strengthen school breakfast and lunch nutrition standards -- part of the Obama administration's attempt to crack down on an epidemic of childhood obesity.

2010: Obama signs child nutrition lawupdated: Thu Jan 13 2011 13:42:00

In December, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act into law.

How do I put my 11-year-old on a diet?updated: Fri Nov 26 2010 09:01:00

How do I put my 11-year-old daughter on a diet? She is 50 pounds overweight, though she only looks about 20 pounds over. She has a lot of muscle. She plays sports year-round.

Targeting childhood obesityupdated: Thu Nov 25 2010 11:09:00

CNN's T.J. Holmes talks to Judith C. Rodriguez about what parents can do to combat childhood obesity.

Palin's reckless views on obesityupdated: Thu Nov 25 2010 11:09:00

It's clear that we can't go 24 hours without Sarah Palin saying something so stupid that it defies logic, but leave it to the Kim Kardashian of politics to find something wrong with first lady Michelle Obama's effort to curb obesity in America's kids.

Mayor vetoes San Francisco ban on Happy Meals with toysupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 20:33:00

San Francisco, California, Mayor Gavin Newsom vetoed Friday the city's ban on most McDonald's Happy Meals with toys.

Obese kids more vulnerable to bulliesupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 10:20:00

Children in Grades 3 through 6 who are obese are more likely to be bullied than their normal-weight peers, a new study has found.

Will 'Huge' TV show inspire real-life obese teens?updated: Fri Jun 25 2010 09:13:00

Mia Procida, 14, will be starting her eighth summer at Camp Pocono Trails in Reeders, Pennsylvania, at about the same time a new television show, called "Huge" rolls out on the ABC Family network.

Is it baby fat -- or obesity?updated: Wed Apr 21 2010 08:30:00

Desani Marshall was never really overweight, but she was always a little big for her age. During a checkup at age 4, her doctor pointed out to her mother that Desani was gaining weight more rapidly than he thought was normal. Six months later, she was still putting on pounds at a rapid pace -- a strong predictor of future obesity.

First lady: Childhood obesity fight is about fitness, not looksupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 22:49:00

Michelle Obama says her call for the country to fight childhood obesity isn't about physical appearances, but rather quality of life.

Obama: Improve school lunchesupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 22:49:00

Michelle Obama answers a question about the importance of improving food at schools submitted by iReporter Amie Hamlin.

Michelle Obama's war on childhood obesityupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 15:34:00

The convenience store near my house is where I first became aware of the problem.

Talking to tweens about healthy eatingupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 15:25:00

It's an uneasy topic when moms discuss their daughters' weight.

How to fight childhood obesity in 3 stepsupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 10:19:00

Worried about your child's weight? You can do more than just nag him or her about eating too much junk food. Implementing three healthy family habits--eating dinner together, making sure they get enough sleep, and limiting TV--may help.

CDC: 1 in 5 teens has cholesterol problems. Now what?updated: Mon Jan 25 2010 19:54:00

One in five teens in the U.S. -- and more than 40 percent of obese teens -- have abnormal cholesterol, whether it's low HDL (good cholesterol); high LDL (bad cholesterol); or high levels of triglycerides, another type of blood fat, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Studies suggest overweight kids are coronary time bombsupdated: Thu Nov 12 2009 09:50:00

Russell Pate was driving through a neighborhood one late afternoon when he noticed something odd.

An uphill battle to combat Latino childhood obesityupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 15:19:00

When she was about 8, Frida Sepulveda developed dark folds of skin around her neck. It's a well-known warning sign of type 2 diabetes.

Businesswoman cooks up successupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 14:23:00

Lorena Garcia is a successful businesswoman driven by a passion to cook and communicate.

Parents clueless when it comes to kids' growth chartsupdated: Tue Sep 29 2009 17:43:00

Parents can check out growth charts -- a nifty graph that tells them where their child falls in relation to peers in terms of height and weight -- just about everywhere, from a child's vaccination records to the doctor's office.

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