Category: Childhood Obesity

Posted on: August 24, 2019 by
It’s been only a few years since my daughter graduated high school. And if there’s one thing I remember from dropping her off at the same primary school campus for 15 years it was seeing the expansion of so, so many overweight students (first as kids in the Lower School, then as tweens  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 17, 2019 by
As everyone knows, obesity in kids is something that I write about often because I’m so passionate about it. Like you, I see it everywhere, and it pains and angers me. A few months ago, after a visual experience at the Freehold shopping mall in NJ, I posted something on LinkedIn about  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 23, 2019 by
Childhood obesity is a a result of adult behavior. And the adults most responsible are: Parents. And the adults who come into contact with parents on a regular basis who are in the best position to advocate on behalf of their children? Pediatricians. Based on my experiences over 20 years working  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 9, 2019 by
“The Rule of Three” principle suggests things that come in 3’s are inherently more humorous, satisfying and effective than any other number of things. The three little pigs had to deal with a big, bad wolf. Goldilocks had to put up with the three bears. The three blind mice ran up the  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 28, 2018 by
As parents, we are responsible for the environment in which we raise our children — emotionally, physically, psychologically, socially and spiritually.That responsibility is enormous. All the years our children are home before spreading their wings and beginning the next chapters of their lives, they are listening to us, watching us, and soaking  [Read more...]
Posted on: June 22, 2018 by
The foundations for cardiovascular disease in adults are laid in childhood and accelerated by the presence of obesity (as well as diabetes and high blood pressure). Geetha Raghuveer, MD, a pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kanas City, MO, and an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Missouri Kansas City  [Read more...]
Posted on: May 25, 2018 by
The official launch of summer – bathing suit season — is not that far off. Many overweight teenagers, both girls AND boys, are especially unhappy and uncomfortable at this time of year because they can’t hide behind layers of clothes as they do in the fall and winter. Most won’t go to the  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 8, 2018 by
The health ramifications for overweight kids are significant: The number of over-fat children who take meds for chronic diseases has jumped dramatically. Doctors see greater increases in prescriptions for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and hypertension. Children and teens with fatty liver disease are on the rise. And, remember when Type 2 diabetes was  [Read more...]
Posted on: February 25, 2018 by
As I do every year immediately after New Year’s, I start to remind clients to get laser-focused on their weight loss goals because time passes quickly, and the difficult eating challenges (for most)—Easter and Passover holidays—will be upon us. But, something else is also drawing near: the senior prom. The senior prom  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 26, 2018 by
When you walk past an elementary school, or day camp, or food court at the mall, the chances are that most of the kids you come across will be overweight or obese. What are parents of already obese 8-10 year old kids thinking when their children are gorging on 1/2 pound burgers with  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 7, 2018 by
Did you ever consider all the lessons kids can learn in the kitchen, which can benefit them both at home and at school? Here’s why I believe ALL school-age kids should join their moms and dad in the kitchen. 1- Cooking teaches your child about eating well. Kids are receptive to conversations  [Read more...]
Posted on: November 4, 2017 by
Most of the overweight young people I see in the office have overweight or obese parents. Often, despite a child’s size and health issues or risks, many of these parents are in denial of the consequences of a do-nothing attitude, and they are resistant to acknowledging the role they played in their child’s obesity.  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 24, 2017 by
Are you an obese parent with overweight kids? Do YOU like living the life of an overweight person? Is that what you want for your children? Do YOU like shopping for clothes that look good on you instead of being able to buy the clothes you like and want to  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 16, 2017 by
I’m really angry today. A mom stopped in to inquire about an appointment for her 15-year old daughter. The mom was referred by her friend (a physician) whose young son was a successful client of ours.This woman’s daughter weighed 170 pounds at her last pediatric “well” visit.Can you imagine?!170 pounds?! 15 years old?!(Coincidentally,  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 2, 2017 by
Dear Dr. ________: The season is about to change. The leaves are about to change colors of red, orange and yellow. The sunrise and sunset times are about to change. The temperatures are about to change. The lazy days of summer will change to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.   [Read more...]
Posted on: August 27, 2017 by
I love this time of year and the wonderful changes it brings. The season is about to change. The leaves are about to change colors of red, orange and yellow. The sunrise and sunset times are about to change. The temperatures are about to change. Summer camp changes to  [Read more...]
Posted on: June 18, 2017 by
Kids are reaching puberty earlier than a century ago as obesity interrupts hormonal changes in the body. The high obesity rate among very young children is worrisome for many reasons, and one is that obesity causes children to go through puberty earlier. According to an article in Medical Daily(“Early Puberty Is More Common  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 20, 2017 by
I see a lot of very overweight and obese young women and for me, since childhood obesity is such a passion of mine, I talk to these women about all the pitfalls of being obese and how it will not only affect their fertility but also how their weight will affect their children  [Read more...]
Posted on: February 17, 2017 by
If your high school senior son or daughter is obese, and if you think peer pressure and teen socialization is tough as it is, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! No, I’m not talking about the stress of waiting for acceptances to all those college applications.I’m also not referring to the pressures teens  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 11, 2016 by
I think it’s safe to say that mostparents are dedicated to their child’s oral, visual and physical well-beingand diligently schedule annual check-ups at the dentist, eye doctor and pediatrician. Why is it, then, that so many of those same parents do NOT put the same emphasis on their kids’eating habits? After all, what  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 23, 2016 by
Would you let your children smoke cigarettes? Then don’t do it. Would you let your children do drugs? Then don’t do it. Would you let your children drink alcohol and drive? Then don’t do it. Would you let your children stop eating to lose weight? Then, don’t do it. Would  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 12, 2016 by
Think about this: According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,obesity most often develops from ages 5 to 6or during the teen years, anda child who is obese between the ages of 10 and 13 has an 80% chance of becoming an obese adult.* A study of parents of over  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 26, 2016 by
Despite widespread publicity about the obesity epidemic in children — everywhere you look you see fat kids — parents increasingly are willfully suffering from fat blindness: turning a blind eye as their children pack on the pounds. A study done a couple years ago found that more than three quarters of parents of pre-school-age  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 5, 2015 by
An article by psychotherapist and marriage counselor, Mel Schwartz, For the Sake of the Children, really struck a nerve with me. Of course, it speaks about “working” at a marriage; that’s what we commit to on our wedding day. When all working fails, however, the whole notion of “staying together for the sake  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 13, 2015 by
“Science Says You Should Pay Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies” is the headline of an article in the September 10, 2015, issue of the New York Post. This so-called scholarly scientific study actually recommends that if you want your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, you gotta show them the  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 4, 2015 by
As parents, we are responsible for the environment in which we raise our children — emotionally, physically, psychologically, socially and spiritually. That responsibility is enormous. All the years our children are home before spreading their wings and beginning the next chapters of their lives, they are listening to us, watching us, and soaking it  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 21, 2015 by
When you walk past an elementary school, or day camp, or food court at the mall, chances are that most of the kids you see are either overweight or obese. What are parents of obese 8-10 year old kids thinking when their children are gorging on 1/2 pound burgers with onion rings and  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 10, 2015 by
When I meet a very overweight or obese client for the first time, aside from discussing the obvious — such as medical issues they may have, what medications they may be on, how many times they’ve tried to lose weight before, whether their spouse is also overweight, etc. — I inquire as to their  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 7, 2015 by
Of the very long list of health problems that childhood obesity can create, another health problem is the development of ear, nose and throat problems . . . including the development of sleep apnea. Does your child snore? Does your child show other signs of disturbed sleep: long pauses in breathing, a  [Read more...]
Posted on: June 2, 2015 by
I want to address an issue that, unfortunately, Isee often, especially in the summer when we’re at the beaches or pools: boys with breasts. It really pains me to see it from a distance, but even more so to have to deal with the issue close up, one-on-one at my office, and almost always  [Read more...]