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Childhood Obesity and Overweight Kids

Obesity in kids has reached epidemic levels. Experts estimate that 15% of kids are overweight and another 15% are at risk of becoming overweight. And two thirds of these overweight kids will become overweight adults. Learn to prevent obesity and help your kids stay at a more healthy weight.

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Childhood Obesity
With the rise in childhood obesity, preventing childhood obesity is an important goal for all parents. Also learn how to help your overweight child lose weight through increased physical activity, healthy nutrition, and avoiding other risk factors for obesity.

Childhood Obesity Quiz
Obesity in kids has reached epidemic levels. Take our childhood obesity quiz to see if you know everything you should about how to prevent obesity and help your kids stay at a healthy weight.

Help With Weight Loss for Kids Who Can't Lose Weight
Your overweight child has seemingly done everything to lose weight and is still putting on the pounds. What's next? Get some extra help with weight loss for kids who can't lose weight.

Health Effects of Childhood Obesity
In addition to leading to poor self-esteem, the health effects of childhood obesity includes many diseases that were once thought to only affect overweight adults, such as high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

Childhood Obesity - Child Obesity Statistics
Understanding the actual statistics behind the number of overweight children and other important childhood obesity statistics may help you with your overweight child. It can also help your child who is at a healthy weight stay at a healthy weight.

Parenting and Childhood Obesity
Help from a parent that had to deal with her child's own weight problem, including finding articles about childhood obesity, weight management programs for kids, and nutrition and fitness.

Low-Carb Diets for Kids
Low-carb diets, such as the Atkins diet and South Beach diet, are fairly popular among people. Learn if they work for kids, if they are safe and why a modified low-carb diet may be a better alternative for the average child.

Extra Calories and Childhood Obesity
Learn how to help your kids lose weight and avoid becoming overweight by avoiding extra calories in her diet.

Portion Control and Childhood Obesity
Learn how to prevent childhood obesity and help kids lose weight by learning more about portion control, including understanding the portion sizes your kids should be eating, learning about serving sizes, and by choosing healthy snacks that aren't oversized.

Weight Loss Goals for Kids
Learn why having specific weight loss goals, in addition to more specific advice on how to eat healthier and how much more active they need to be, can be a much more helpful way to get kids to a healthier weight.

New School Soda and Drink Guidelines
Learn more about the new school soda and drink guidelines that are supposed to help fight child obesity.

Calories from Drinks
If your child is overweight, it can help to get your child's weight under control by understanding how many calories he is getting from the things he is drinking, including milk, juice, and soda.

Overweight Children
Learn how to prevent your kids from becoming overweight and a part of the childhood obesity epidemic and help overweight children reach a more healthy weight.

Obesity Help - Drink Diary
Many kids get way too many calories from things they drink, including fruit drinks, tea, and soda. A Drink Diary can help you figure out how many calories your child is getting each day from milk, juice, etc., and why he is overweight.

How Many Calories Are in a Pound of Fat?
Understanding how many calories it takes to gain a pound of fat can help you understand how your kids become overweight so quickly.

Five Quick and Easy Weight Loss Steps
These five quick and easy weight loss steps are things that you can do right now to lead your child, and your family, to a healthier way of living.

Teen Diet Makeover
Review some common ways that you can makeover a teenager's diet to help them stop gaining weight.

Small Steps to a Healthy Family Lifestyle
Check out these 100 Small Steps and activities to see what you can do to change your family's life and make everyone more healthy and fit.

Portion Sizes and the Obesity Epidemic
Can downsizing our meals lead to fewer supersized kids? Learn how to control your child's portion sizes so that they don't overeat and become overweight.

Family Resolutions for a Healthy Lifestyle
These 10 family resolutions can help you change your family's lifestyle so that you can all become more healthy.

Calorie Calculator
Our Calorie Calculator will help you determine how many calories that you and your kids need each day.

BMI Calculator
Parents often wonder if their children are overweight, underweight or just right. Using our body mass index calculator, you can figure out if your child is at an appropriate weight for his or her height. The BMI calculator also works for adults!

Top 7 Books to Help Overweight Kids
Obesity is a growing epidemic among our children. These books are for parents to help their overweight kids learn about healthy nutrition and exercise and reach a more healthy weight.

Fast Food Nutrition Facts Calculator
Our Fast Food Nutrition Facts Calculator will help you make better choices when you and your kids eat at fast food restaurants.

Who's to Blame for Childhood Obesity?
Obesity in kids is a new epidemic. Who's to blame? Fast food? TV? Soft Drinks? Snacks? Video Games? You?

Ideal Body Weight Calculator
Parents often wonder if their children are overweight, underweight or just right. Using our ideal body weight calculator, you can figure out if your child is at an appropriate weight for his or her height. The ideal body weight calculator also works for adults!

Weight Management Guide
A weight management guide to help your children lose weight. While most children should not be put on a severely restricted diet, a combined approach of sensible nutrition and regular exercise can help to control weight gain.

Overweight Toddlers and Obesity
Review the risk factors for obesity in a toddler and whether or not a tall toddler is really overweight.

Teen Quiz - Am I Fat?
Do you have a teen who thinks they are fat even though it seems like they are at a healthy weight? If so, you might sit down with them and take our new quiz - Am I Fat?

Acanthosis Nigricans - Adam Health Encyclopedia
Acanthosis nigricans is a skin disorder characterized by dark, thick, velvety skin in body folds and creases and can be found in overweight teens. Learn about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of acanthosis nigricans.

BMI Tables
New recommendations from the AAP call for health professionals to calculate and record children's body mass index at yearly well child checks. My new Children's BMI Tables make finding a child's BMI easy.

Preventing Childhood Obesity Recommendations
Read about the AAPs new policy statement on the prevention of childhood obesity.

Children's Weight Poll
Is your child overweight?

Childhood Obesity
My daughter is 4ft and she is 8 years old and 4 mon and she weighs 69lbs. Is she overweight and should I be doing something about it if she is?

Overweight Children - Prevention and Treatment
Learn how to prevent your child from becoming overweight and help him reach a more healthy weight. With a healthy weight calculator.

Kids Diabetes Alert
We often think of overweight adults as being at risk for having diabetes, but it is now know that many overweight teens are at risk for diabetes too. Learn to recognize the risk factors of diabetes in your kids.

Ultimate Weight Solution for Teens
Book Review - Ultimate Weight Solution for Teens: The 7 Keys to Weight Freedom

Low Fat Cooking
Learn more about cooking low fat meals, including desserts, dinner, lunch, breakfast, and snacks.

Management of Overweight Children and Adolescent
Recommendations to Screen, Assess and Manage overweight infants and children, which might include weight maintenance or weight loss with a final goal being a BMI-for-age below the 85th percentile.

Overweight and Obesity
Information about obesity prevention, treatment, and advocacy from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The Obesity Society
Learn more about the problem of childhood obesity from The Obesity Society, which is the only obesity organization focused on changing public policy and perceptions about obesity.

Evaluation and Treatment of Childhood Obesity
Review how to evaluate and treat obese children from the American Academy of Family Physicians, including tips for parents on preventing obesity.

Healthy Active Living for Families
Healthy Active Living for Families (HALF) is a project of the American Academy of Pediatrics to address early childhood obesity prevention that integrates the parent perspective and evidence-informed pediatric health guidance.

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