If you happened to catch a glimpse of HBO’s new four-part documentary “The Weight of the Nation” on Monday and Tuesday night this week, you may have heard a report citing the Women’s Sports Foundation. The documentary, aimed at analyzing the growing obesity problem in America in the last few decades, highlighted negative statistics about the health of our country. The program forewarned that a national crisis may undoubtedly occur if health care costs continue to rise at the same rate as current body mass indexes.
A new scientific study released last week by the Journal of the American Heart Association reviews strategies shown to be successful in helping children get healthy. Involving parents in weight loss efforts could go a long way in helping children change their behaviors, the study finds.
A recent segment on NBC’s Today Show examined mistakes well-meaning parents can make that, in reality, contribute to unhealthiness in their children. From banning sweets to serving too much fruit juice, some smart-seeming feeding habits can actually backfire. Watch as Today Show nutritionist Joy Bauer explains eight of these habits and offers alternatives that will help parents reach their goal of happy, healthy children.