The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will commit $500 million over the next decade to target childhood obesity across the country, organization officials announced earlier this month in New York City. RWJF is the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to public health
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes, a disease that affects 25.8 million children and adults in the U.S., is one of the fastest growing health issues in our country. Broken into two types, Type 1 and Type 2, the latter is the most common form and the scariest threat for our American children. According to the World Health Organization, increased consumption of energy-dense, nutrient-poor foods with high amounts of sugar and saturated fats combined with sedentary living has resulted in a global epidemic of obesity and in turn, Type 2 Diabetes.
Appearing to buck national trends, the prevalence of severe obesity among school children in New York City was down by almost 10 percent in the 2010-11 school year from 2006-07, researchers reported last month. The study, published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, measured the height and weight dimensions of approximately 947,765 children attending public schools ranging from kindergarten through eighth grade.
Childhood obesity has been a prevalent issue in recent times and there is constant research being conducted that delves into the causes, effects and negative repercussions of this health risk. One of the latest studies draws a correlation between parental monitoring of children’s media consumption and their children’s respective body mass indices.
It seems like every week new research is released about the far-reaching negative effects of childhood obesity. Now, British researchers have found a correlation between obesity in teen girls and poor performance in the classroom. Since the 1990s, the United States has seen an alarming increase in childhood obesity rates. In 2012, 21 percent of…
A new survey from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds that many parents are concerned about inadequate levels of physical education in U.S. public schools. NPR, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard School of Public Health polled 1,368 parents of public school children in grades K–12 on a range of issues around education and health in the their child’s school. In a time when so many are concerned with the strength of school math and science programs, this new study proves physical education and health is also a top priority for parents.
According to a new study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for the first time in decades, obesity rates among preschoolers are falling in many states. This implicates small but significant declines in obesity among low-income preschoolers, found in 18 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands from 2008 to 2011.
Last week, the Campaign to End Obesity released The Long-Term Returns of Obesity Prevention Policies, a new report which identifies billions of dollars in potential savings that are attributable to a variety of obesity-prevention tactics.
Low-income, minority neighborhoods in U.S. cities are unfortunately more likely to be forgotten places. There, less money is spent on road repair, civic infrastructure or cultural projects than in other parts of town. And this pattern seems to have extended to public parks, with the result that the children who need exercise the most may be less able to get it.
Recent studies have shown that girls who grow up in stressful environments where violence, depression, or other disturbances are prevalent are more likely to become obese by five years old, as opposed to children who live in steady homes. Further, according to Medical Journal Pediatrics, preschool girls who are exposed to these unfortunate circumstances have an even higher risk of becoming obese.