childhood obesity

 

Need to Know, August 17, 2012: Obesity in America

We report on the nation’s high obesity and diabetes rates, which are disproportionately impacting children in low-income communities.

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Is a beverage ban the answer?

Depending on whom you ask, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s controversial plan to limit the size of sugary beverages sold across the five boroughs is either a “significant move in addressing the health problems that are devastating the lives of thousands” or another example of the city’s “unhealthy obsession with attacking soft drinks.” [...]

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In defense of the evil, awful Happy Meal toy

Sure, they lure “unsuspecting little children” into the supercaloric underworld. But they’re really cute.

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  Body Mass Index for Children

For a detailed explanation of the results, more information on the BMI for children, and suggestions for helping your child be healthier, visit the Center for Disease Control’s website. To determine your own BMI, try this adult calculator.

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Reshaping Somerville: The fight against childhood obesity

Need to Know medical correspondent Dr. Emily Senay travels to Somerville, Massachusetts, where town officials have pioneered a new anti-obesity program that’s producing promising results.

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  Eating fresh in Somerville

Need to Know talks to one mom about how her local greenmarket has made family life a little more fruitful.

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Preventing childhood obesity

After spending some time in Somerville, Mass., reporting on their innovative program to prevent childhood obesity, Need to Know came back with some tips on how to make sure your kids reach adulthood at a healthy weight.

This week on Need to Know

Executive Producer Shelley Lewis gets up up to speed on this week’s Need to Know.

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As White House tackles obesity, lawmakers eye soda as culprit

Lawmakers around the country are mulling a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages, just as the Obama administration takes on childhood obesity.

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