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For kids, summer means freedom, fun and a break from the daily grind. While it’s much easier to encourage your kids to be physically active in the summer months, it can still be challenging. Hectic camp and work schedules, the › Continue Reading

It’s well-established that today’s children are more overweight than ever before. In fact, the rate of overweight kids has tripled since the 1980s and now 18% of kids ages 2-19 struggle with obesity. As health professionals, we’re looking at many › 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

Obesity is a major public health problem, and obesity among children is becoming increasingly common. Obesity can impact multiple body organs and systems and is associated with other diseases such as diabetes. One of the organs that is particularly impacted › Continue Reading

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

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that three years after undergoing bariatric surgery, adolescents experienced major improvements in their weight, metabolic health, and quality of life. It is the largest and longest study of teen › 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

One of the many difficulties with diagnosing sleep breathing disorders is first realizing your child actually has an issue. “My child snores a lot and is sleepy during the day,” or “He’s a very restless sleeper and it may be › 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

Alexis Shapiro, a Cibolo, Texas, pre-teen who had a gastric sleeve procedure at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to correct a rare weight disorder, is doing even better than doctors expected and has lost 37 pounds since her operation. “She › Continue Reading

Researchers in Boston studied sleep deprivation in children and its potential correlation with more belly fat later in life, and they found that getting less-than-recommended amounts of sleep was associated with higher BMI and higher amounts of overall and midsection › 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

A 12-year-old Texas girl who became morbidly obese after a rare illness triggered by brain surgery could get a potentially life-saving operation by February, thanks to a flood of donations from strangers. More than 1,200 people have contributed more than › Continue Reading

Thomas Inge, MD, PhD, has been in the spotlight at the meeting of the American Society for Nutrition.  Dr. Inge, who heads the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens at Cincinnati Children’s, has been a key speaker at the conference › Continue Reading

Severely obese teens are at increased risk for a host of serious health problems as adults, including asthma, kidney disease and sleep disorders, according to a new study led by Cincinnati Children’s. “Most people understand that the longer you carry › Continue Reading

Most severely obese teenagers who underwent bariatric weight-loss surgery experienced no major short-term complications, according to a study led by Cincinnati Children’s. Among a sample of teens who received gastric bypass, vertical sleeve gastrectomy or adjustable gastric banding, there were › Continue Reading

Childhood obesity appears to be playing a major role in the earlier onset of puberty in girls. And it’s a phenomenon that is affecting white girls much sooner than previously reported, according to new research. A multi-institutional study found African American girls started › 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

Cincinnati Children’s and Cincinnati Public Schools are joining forces to launch a new pilot program aimed at battling childhood obesity. The program offers a weight management clinic at Frederick Douglass Elementary School in Walnut Hills. As part of the program, › 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

A prominent bioethicist is offering a controversial approach to America’s obesity epidemic: shame people into losing weight. A report by Daniel Callahan, a senior research scholar and president emeritus of The Hastings Center, suggests an “edgier strategy” of social pressure › 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