Too Much Snacking Behind Childhood Obesity

Excessive snacking is a leading cause of the rising rates in childhood obesity and childhood health problems.  Kids in the U.S. are snacking more than ever on junk food like salty chips, candy and similar foods, according to a new (3/2/10) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study. This increase in snacking that has occurred along with the…

Poor School Lunches

Your child’s school lunch would most likely fail if it had to meet any of the standards taught in health class. I recently reviewed my son’s school lunch options. At first I laughed out of shock – then I cried. Actually, I am not sure if we could officially categorize some of the items as food. According to Webster’s Dictionary…

Obesity Risk Drops Amongst Children

The Associated Press reported on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 that Childhood Obesity is actually leveling off after a 25-year gain – good news for kids but experts wonder if it’s just a ‘statistical fluke.’ Such were the concerns raised by Dr. David Ludwig, director of an obesity clinic at Children’s Hospital Boston about the report. “Unless…

Do Our Kids Really Need More Drugs?

As if our children’s breakfast of Ritalin and Prozac wasn’t enough, new guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (A.A.P.) are recommending cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins to our children starting as early as age 8 in hopes of preventing heart problems as adults. The push to aggressively screen and medicate for high cholesterol in children…

Excess Sugars in Baby Formula

Take the case of Similac Organic baby formula.  Similac Organic is far sweeter than other formulas, because it is the only major brand of organic formula that is sweetened with cane sugar.  Cane sugar, or sucrose, is significantly sweeter than sugars used in other formulas. Similac Organic is so sweet, in fact, it may have…

Is My Child Safe on an Antidepressant

When parents are faced with news such as disturbed gunmen, Steven Kazmierczak, who had stopped taking his medication prior to his Valentines Day 2008 shooting rampage on the NIU campus, serious questions arise. Will MY child become suicidal? Will they freak out and do something crazy? The very thought is unthinkable. According to an April 8, 2008, article…

Cold Medicines Risky for Small Children

The Food and Drug Administration has declared over-the-counter cold and cough medicines too risky for children under the age of 2, the Associated Press has reported. The FDA warned of “serious and potentially life-threatening side effects” in a recent ruling.  Besides, there is little evidence these oral drugs ease cold symptoms in children so young. …