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March 26th, 2010
02:36 PM ET

Want healthy kids? Learn how to cook

Kristen Swensson and Leigh Angel
Special to CNN

We hear it on the news like a drumbeat: Millions of kids eat out too much, lack access to fruits and vegetables, and it seems no one's teaching them how to make healthy choices.

Childhood obesity and juvenile diabetes are on the rise like never before. "This may be the first generation that has a shorter life expectancy than their parents," said an author of a report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

In February, first lady Michelle Obama introduced an initiative called Let's Move! to do something about the situation. She even laid it on the line when she spoke to the Grocery Manufacturer's Association last week, "We need you ... to entirely rethink the products that you're offering, the information that you provide about these products, and how you market those products to our children." The Grocery Manufacturer's Association says it's on its way to compliance.

But you don't need the first lady or an industry trade group to tell you how to improve your diet. You can have your own ambitious plan. You can start at home, by learning how to cook.

Keep reading...


Filed under: Childhood Obesity
March 26th, 2010
10:41 AM ET

Video: Jamie Oliver aims to help kids


Anderson Cooper | BIO
AC360° Anchor

CNN's Anderson Cooper sits down with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to discuss his crusade to change the way kids eat.


Filed under: Childhood Obesity
March 25th, 2010
04:00 PM ET

Interactive: Childhood obesity rates by state

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

One of 7 low-income, preschool-aged children is obese, but the obesity epidemic may be stabilizing. The prevalence of obesity in low-income two to four year-olds increased from 12.4 percent in 1998 to 14.5 percent in 2003 but rose to only 14.6 percent in 2008.

American Indians and Alaska Natives are the only race or ethnic groups with increasing rates between 2003 and 2008. Obesity prevalence among these children continued to rise about a half percentage point each year from 2003 to 2008.

In 2008, obesity prevalence was highest among American Indian or Alaska Native (21.2 percent) and Hispanic (18.5 percent) children, and lowest among white (12.6 percent), Asian or Pacific Islander (12.3 percent), and black (11.8 percent) children.

In 2008, only Colorado and Hawaii reported 10 percent or less of low-income preschool-age children were obese. The only gruop with rates over 20 percent were Indian Tribal Organizations.

Read more...


Filed under: Childhood Obesity
March 25th, 2010
03:40 PM ET

What families can do to prevent obesity

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AC360°

Over the past 20 years, childhood obesity in the United States has:

– more than tripled among adolescents
– more than doubled among children ages 6 to 11

It's a serious issue that can have consequences well into adulthood. Kaiser Permanente is taking action to help families tackle this problem head on.

Take a look at the recommendations from Kaiser Pemanente to see what families can do to prevent childhood obesity.


Filed under: Childhood Obesity
March 25th, 2010
10:54 AM ET

Video: Kids' casualties of overeating

Dr. Sanjay Gupta | BIO
AC360° Contributor
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta takes you beyond the fat and exposes the internal health damage happening to America's children.


Filed under: Childhood Obesity • Obesity • Sanjay Gupta
March 24th, 2010
11:28 AM ET

Video: Teen turns to weight surgery

Program Note: Maria's story is part one of a three-part series on childhood obesity continuing tonight on AC360° at 10pm ET, with a report from Dr. Sanjay Gupta on a child with very adult health problems.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Childhood Obesity • Obesity • Randi Kaye
March 24th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Are you overweight?

Program Note: Part one of a three-part series on childhood obesity airs tonight on AC360° at 10pm ET.

From the CDC: Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. BMI provides a reliable indicator of body fatness for most people and is used to screen for weight categories that may lead to health problems.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Childhood Obesity • Health Care • Obesity
March 24th, 2010
09:59 AM ET

Are you one of 25% of Americans who have diabetes and don't know it?

Program Note: Part one of a three-part series on childhood obesity airs tonight on AC360° at 10pm ET.

According to the CDC, 25% of Americans with diabetes don't even know they have the disease. Fill out the questionnaire below to find out if you could have diabetes, then click on the questionnaire to read more from the CDC about getting tested, the risks of diabetes, and managing your health.

FULL POST


Filed under: 360° Radar • Childhood Obesity • Health Care • Obesity
March 23rd, 2010
04:59 PM ET

Childhood Obesity: A girl's struggle, in pictures

Program Note: Don't miss Randi Kaye's full report on one teenager's struggle with obesity tonight on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET. Maria's story is the first in a three-part series taking a look at childhood obesity, airing this week on AC360°.

AC360°

Teenager Maria Caprigno has been overweight since she was about three years old, but now she wants to change that. See a gallery of Maria starting as an adorable 3-month-old tot, all the way up to 13-year-old teenager.

Maria at 3 months. FULL POST


Filed under: Childhood Obesity • Health Care • Randi Kaye
March 23rd, 2010
04:27 PM ET

Video: Teen opens up about growing up obese

Program Note: See why surgery might be the best hope for an obese teen in part one of a three-part series on childhood obesity starting tonight on AC360° at 10pm ET.


Filed under: Childhood Obesity • Health Care • Randi Kaye
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