Childhood Obesity

Most kids are aware that fruits and veggies are good for their health. But getting them to actually eat them is a whole other story! I have noticed that the parents who are the most successful at it have adopted four similar, healthy habits. Here’s › Continue Reading

Sugar, sugar, everywhere: blueberry muffins and juice for breakfast. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich with fruit punch and Oreos for lunch. Fruit snacks and cupcakes at a school party. Ice cream with dinner. As a nation – and even around › Continue Reading

It’s that time of year when pumpkins are placed on porches, witches suspend from trees, and sweet treats are available everywhere you go!  With Halloween just around the corner, balancing healthy habits with seasonal treats may seem like a tricky task › Continue Reading

McDonald’s may have had the right idea in incentivizing children with toys to make certain food choices. Our team wondered if we could use a similar tactic but motivate kids to make healthy choices instead. Could we help them to › Continue Reading

Today is the American Diabetes Association’s Alert Day. It’s their official call for Americans to receive an assessment to see if they’re at-risk for developing type 2 diabetes. While the initiative is mostly directed toward adults, it’s an important message › Continue Reading

“Be kinder than necessary for everyone is fighting some kind of battle.” This quote is tattooed on the arm of one of our patients from the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens. I think about this poignant statement often. It › Continue Reading

In my opinion, the best approach is to not offer juice – or any sugary drink for that matter – to your children. There is a huge correlation between weight gain in children and the amount of sugary beverages they’re › Continue Reading

When I first enrolled my nephew, Bruce, into the HealthWorks! program, my expectations were that it would help him learn healthy eating habits and how to become more physically fit. Because five of his close relatives have or have had › Continue Reading

One of the most frequent questions I get asked in clinic is “how much food should my child eat at each meal?” Portion control is a great topic to talk to your pediatrician about, and establishing healthy portion sizes early › Continue Reading

As many of you were watching the details of Alexis Shapiro’s surgery unfold on Twitter (#HyObesity) last Friday, you might have been wondering about the benefits of the sleeve gastrectomy for patients with hypothalamic obesity. This procedure surgically removes 75-80% › Continue Reading

High cholesterol isn’t a problem limited to adulthood. In fact, it’s becoming more common in children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that among youths aged 12-19 years, 14% of kids who are normal weight and 43% of › Continue Reading

Alexis Shapiro’s story caught the attention of many people from around the country, including news outlets, generous individuals who wanted to help change the outcome, and those who were curious to learn more about the complex biological condition that caused › Continue Reading

You might be asking yourself why a Cincinnati Children’s researcher would be interested in NFL concussion rates. I realize that the connection might not be immediately apparent. Sure, I love football and even played in college, but that’s not why › Continue Reading

By now, most kids are in the daily grind of waking up, going to school, participating in an after-school activity, doing homework, and going to bed.  Our kid’s schedules are fuller than ever, and young minds need solid nutrition to › Continue Reading

I realized the need for a research study as I was picking up my youngest daughter from child care. She was three years old at the time, and like many her age, a very picky eater.  As a conversation starter, I › Continue Reading

There is certainly no shortage of dieting, health, and nutrition advice out there today.  Making sense of it all can be challenging.  As a parent, when you decide you want to start adopting a healthier diet for your kids, where › Continue Reading

Too many sugary drinks and treats can have an impact on your child’s health. Check out what our experts have to say about the realities of sugar overload. A healthier diet can prevent tooth decay, heart disease, diabetes and childhood › Continue Reading

If you and your family are hoping to avoid packing on extra pounds over the holidays, there are some simple things you can do now to prepare. Studies show that interventions aimed at reducing weight gain during the holidays can › Continue Reading

When it comes to physical activity in children and adolescents, we often see two extremes. Inactivity is widely known as a contributing factor of obesity, but too much physical activity can be harmful to children as well. According to Physical › Continue Reading

Remember this summer when we talked about the cost — dollars and cents as well as human capital — of obesity? (Click here for a refresher.) At that time, the Centers for Disease Control had just issued a report that › Continue Reading

In any long, drawn out ordeal, it’s important to take time to celebrate the successes. And that’s the case in the battle against the American epidemic of childhood obesity. Some think it’s a lost cause; we do not. So we › Continue Reading

Perhaps nothing has been written or talked about or wrestled with more in health care circles the past few years than obesity. For good reason. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control last week: Obesity is quickly › Continue Reading

The very thing that allowed the human species to survive in the first place is one of the things that’s killing it: our ability to store calories. Back thousands of years ago when we spent our days “hunting and gathering” › Continue Reading

ABC recently wrapped up a six-part primetime series called “Food Revolution” in which celebrity chef Jamie Oliver overhauled school lunches at a school system in Huntington, West Virginia, the most overweight city in the United States. A Washington Post article › Continue Reading

About the time we launched this blog last fall, several other children’s hospitals around the country were embarking on similar endeavors. It’s been interesting for us to see the approach that each organization has taken and the different resulting blogs. › Continue Reading