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The Checkup Archive: Childhood obesity

Ranch dressing revisited

Ranch is often offered to children along with cut-up vegetables or baby carrots. Like the spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down, the ranch dip makes vegetables more palatable to kids who might otherwise shun them. But full-fat ranch is high in fat and calories, and reduced-fat versions are packed with sodium. Is it really such a great idea to induce kids to eat vegetables by loading those carrot sticks with such nutrition-unfriendly glop?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | March 8, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Childhood obesity, Dietary Guidelines, Family Health, Kids' health, Nutrition and Fitness, Parenting, School Nutrition, Sodium  
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More on babies and solid food

A study published this morning in the journal Pediatrics adds new information to the mix. It found that among babies who had been formula-fed or who had been weaned by 4 months, those who were introduced to solid foods before 4 months were at greatly increased risk of being obese at age 3. That relationship wasn't explained by rapid early growth among those infants, the study found.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 7, 2011; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Childhood obesity  
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U.K. experts question 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding

Nobody's questioning the value of breastfeeding babies. The benefits of that practice are clear and well-established, the study's authors emphasize. What's less clear is whether all or even most babies benefit from consuming nothing but breast milk until they turn six months old.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 17, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Childhood obesity, Family Health, Infant health, Kids' health, Motherhood, Obesity, Parenting, Women's Health  
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CSPI helps mom sue McDonald's over Happy Meal toys

The DC-based nutrition watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest has helped a California mother file a class-action suit against McDonald's, demanding that the burger chain stop marketing toys to children.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 16, 2010; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
Categories:  Childhood obesity, Family Health, Kids' health, Motherhood, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Parenting  
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Relax, parents. Your kids don't care what you eat.

A big new study released last week showed that parents' influence over kids' eating habits has been waning for years, as other influences have grown stronger.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 13, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Childhood obesity, Kids' health, Nutrition and Fitness, Parenting, Teens  
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Babies on diets? Now I've heard it all.

Recent news stories have called attention to a phenomenon -- without saying how widespread it is -- in which parents restrict their babies' diets to ward off chubbiness. Apparently for some it's a matter of aesthetics; one story cites a father who raves about how skinny his infant daughter is. Others, though, restrict their babies' food intake so the children won't go on to be chubby children -- or overweight adults.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | December 2, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Childhood obesity, Eating disorders, Family Health, Infant health, Kids' health, Me Minus 10, Motherhood, Nutrition and Fitness, Obesity, Parenting  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Your college kid, plus 15, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 1, 2010
FDA refuses to approve another diet drug, Rob Stein , October 29, 2010
Is that right? Scarrots for trick-or-treaters?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 22, 2010
Homemade baby food: worth the fuss?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 12, 2010
Is it okay to spend food stamps on soda?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 7, 2010
Parents and their overweight children, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 27, 2010
Is that right? Mott's Medleys are magic, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 24, 2010
Could a childhood infection trigger obesity?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 20, 2010
Is that right? HFCS is simply 'corn sugar'?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 17, 2010
The NFL, nutrition, and kids, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 14, 2010
Report: Kids need to get out more, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 9, 2010
To combat obesity, start with the moms, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 20, 2010
Childhood obesity and parental neglect, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 19, 2010
Happy meal toys under fire, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 28, 2010
Can we beat childhood obesity?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , June 1, 2010
 
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