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Jan 19

Childhood Obesity Facts Which Could Save Your Child

Posted by in Obesity , childhood obesity


While we all are planning for a greener and brighter future, our children are tackling a new health dispute with rising obesity rates. Recent research shows that around 400 million people are obese in the world and around 10% of these are children. Children suffering from childhood obesity have a high possibility of emerging heart disease, diabetes and emotional trauma or depression. Here are numerous childhood obesity facts that can help your child better save your child’s life.

Jan 10

Childhood obesity: Stats, Facts and Solutions

Posted by jfrancis in statistics , solution , Overweight , Obesity , fat , fast food , facts , diabetes , 


With all of the advertisemChildhood obesityents, arguments, and debates going on it would be nearly impossible for any American not to know about childhood obesity and the many dangers associated with it. This is a US epidemic on the rise! Children just 9 and 10 years old are developing serious health issues like type 2 diabetes, respiratory illnesses and heart disease because of their poor eating habits and lack of exercise. With our always advancing technology it has become far too easy for children to just sit in one place for hours at a time and have something to entertain them, like computer, television and video games. Throw in the ever growing number of fast food restaurants found virtually everywhere, and you have yourself a perfect childhood obesity concoction. If you're still not convinced of how bad childhood obesity has gotten then let me enlighten you a bit with some interesting facts about childhood obesity.

Statistics about childhood obesity

  • Obesity in children has increased 3x more than it was 30 years ago. In 1980 obesity in children, ages 6-11, was a mere 6.5% but by 2008 it increased to 19.6%.
  • Today, about 25 million children are either overweight or obese
  • Obesity is the second highest reason for preventable death in America
  • 70% of obese children already have at least 1 risk factor of having heart disease
  • 85% of all the children diagnosed with type 2 diabetes were obese
  • Children treated for obesity are about 3x more expensive for the health care system than children with normal weight
  • Obese children are most likely to grow up as obese youth and as a result more prone to joint problems, cancers, cardiovascular diseases, poor self esteem, and several other health, social, and psychological problems

Now that you know the statistics, a few of you may be wondering what some of the causes of childhood obesity are. Well the causes of childhood obesity are not all that unpredictable. In actuality they are the most obvious causes you can think of, like unhealthy eating and lack of exercise.

Dec 09

FDA may approve Contrave, first weight loss drug

Posted by xdragonflyx1984 in Qnexa , Public Citizens health group , Orexigen , obesity drug , Obesity , 


Orexigen, maker of Contrave (image from website) The FDA expert panel has finally voted to approve a weight loss drug, the first in a long list of competitors. The drug is called Contrave and is made by Orexigen Therapeutics Inc, based in La Jolla, California. While the panel of 20 experts voted 13 to 7 in favor of approving the new drug, the panel also voted 11 to 8 (one abstained) for follow up studies to be conducted in order to gauge the drug’s effects on heart health. Although the FDA does not have to follow its experts’ advice, it usually does. A final decision will be announced by Jan. 31.

This decision is interesting because just in October the FDA rejected two other weight loss drugs – Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s lorcaserin and Vivus Inc.’s Qnexa because of possible complications in regards to the heart, oddly enough the same concerns that Contrave is facing as well! Lorcaserin was rejected because of possibly causing cancerous tumors in lab rats, while Qnexa wasn’t approved because of potential heart problems and birth defects. Why then was one drug voted to be approved, yet the other two rejected is a bit peculiar.

Jul 15

Good Foods & Bad Foods

Posted by mikef27 in unhealthy foods , Obesity , Nutrition , healthy foods , good foods , foods , 


                                                        Foods...What to eat and Not to eat


        We as humans must eat to survive. We eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks throughout our 24 hour days 365 days a year. With all the food choices out there it can be hard to decipher what foods to eat and what foods to steer away from. Foods such as chicken, steak and fish are all items high in protein and have many benefits on the body, but although they are packed with a great amount of protein we must be careful how we cook these foods because frying and cooking them with fatty oils and high carb and sugar loaded marinades can make these edibles go from healthy to as unhealthy as a McDonalds cheeseburger in a flash. The Best way to cook foods such as these are on the grill, throwing some pepper and salt with non fattening dressings that you can find in the health food isle of your local grocery store will make sure you are serving yourself a meal that will benefit you in many different ways. Foods we should be sure to stay away from are things such as the obviously bad for you fast food chains. Places such as Burger King, Wendy's, Sonic and McDonalds all serve high fat, calorie, carb, sugar and trans fat items loaded with sodium and saturated fats as well. The quarter pounder with cheese hamburger from McDonalds contains 510 calories, 26 grams of fat, 1190 grams of sodium, 40 carbohydrates, and 9 grams of sugar. Foods like that are what add to the problem of obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol in the U.S and around the world. Making the right food conscious decisions and smart moves about what to eat and not to eat is key in maintaining healthy nutrition. Also don't forget that once and a while it is OK to indulge yourself in fatty foods just make sure you don't over do it.

Jun 14

A Guide To Help Prevent Dog Obesity

Posted by anubis in Weight , therapy , remedies , Obesity , health problems , Dog


Let’s face it, dogs love to eat. Overeating can cause many dog related health problems. Doggie obesity has become the No. 1 dog health problem. 25% to more than 50% of all dogs are overweight.


Obesity predisposes your canine companion to many health problems including different types of cancer, skin conditions, urinary and reproductive disorders, anesthetic complications, diabetes, heart and lung disease, and bone and joint disease. Overall, dogs with obesity tend to live shorter lives than their healthier counterparts.

Jun 11

Commercials = Childhood Obesity

Posted by jay11284 in Obesity , Commercials , Childhood , Ads Target Children


Children Getting Fat - Ads to Blame

Children are constantly targeted in ads for many unhealthy and fattening things. America, more than any other country, suffers from a horrible case of childhood obesity and many company's ads can be blamed for this. Parents can only do so much for a child when they are young. Teaching a kid good eating habits helps but once they become a teen they are more on their own when it comes to choose what to eat.

Childhood Obesity

Many companies market specifically to children and teens in order to convince them
that their product will make them happy and popular. Everyone else is eating at McDonald's and you should too, it's cool. Think about the last Winter Olympic Games. In every commercial they showed some of the best athletes in the world enjoying McDonald's fast-food. Every child and teen looks up to athletes, especially ones that are considered Olympians. McDonald's made this commercials with this in mind.

When teens see their favorite athletes eating these fattening foods for the TV and Print Ads they think it's the cool thing to do. The biggest problem stems from television advertisements. Many studies show that too much TV leads to childhood obesity. The first thought is that children are spending too much time sitting around; but the real problem is the commercials they are watching. Studies show that children are exposed to about 30 hours of food-related advertising each year, which is a startling statistic. During Saturday morning cartoons it's been shown that children see a food ad every five minutes. Almost all of these ads are for junk food such as fast-food, candy, and sugary cereals.

This has been proven time and time again. Children who watched more videos and PBS broadcasting didn't have weight problems and poor eating habits compared to those children who watched regular television. Many factors where considered while the study was done including the child's starting weight, physical activity levels and the education level of their families and their parent's weight as well.

May 26

High fructose corn syrup actually worse for you than sugar?

Posted by MaxWeb65 in Sugar , Obesity , High Fructose Corn Syrup , HFCS


 Since high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) was introduced 40 years ago, obesity rates in the US have skyrocketed.  A recent Princeton study conducted on rats with identical calorie intakes of sugar and HFCS produced surprising results.  The rats that were ingesting the HFCS had alarming rates of obesity compared to those ingesting sugar.  So why do we use so much of the stuff?  Unfortunately, the consumer base is not as organized as the special interests.  Corn subsidies and high sugar tariffs have contributed to the boom of HFCS use, which as it seems, has contributed to alarming rises in obesity. 

For health's sake, it's important that the consumer becomes more educated on this topic.  Avoid sodas and fruit drinks that are made from a syrup base.  It will most likely surprise you when you realize how much HFCS you ingest, but the results of controlling your intake or removing it from your diet altogether will be beneficial. 

May 10

How can poor people be fat?

Posted by BeAcHbAbE03 in Overweight , Obesity Poverty , Obesity


How can poor people be fat? — I know what you’re thinking.  You can’t believe I’m even asking the question.  But truthfully, I am very alarmed by the American society. 

We have become extremely obese.  Every where I go I am surrounded by environments that promote increased food intake, unhealthy foods, and physical inactivity.  Even more alarming, the poor seem to be the most obese.

I have been interested in this topic for some time now, but just found the time to do some snooping around.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture figures show that the obesity rate, after hovering around 15 percent from 1960 to 1980, surged to 31 percent in the last 25 years. And!  The percentage of overweight children tripled in the same time period.

None of this is okay.  I am a reasonably healthy person.  I am very conscious about the types of foods I consume.  I’m also very conscious of the amount of money I spend on fresh produce, nice meats and my gym membership.  I have a decent job and struggle providing these things for myself.  I cannot imagine being poor and eating healthy or even feeding a family.  It is impossible.