The large percentages of children in developed countries who are overweight or obese continues to worry public health experts. “Eating too much” is not a sufficient answer. Sedentary habits -- hours spent on telly or other screen-based pastimes -- are contributing factors. But family structure matters too.
It has already happened a few times already and now 8-year-old American boy has been taken from his family and placed in foster care because his mother cannot control his weight.
If I had a definitive (and easy) solution to the dilemma of overweight children, I might well be a millionaire. As it is, life tends to be a little more difficult and complex.
Big Brother is watching you. Actually, he’s watching your child, and what she’s about to eat for lunch.
Family dinners star again in a study of childhood obesity. Children who sit down to eat with their parents at least three times a week were 12 per cent less likely to be overweight, American researchers found.
The New Zealand Herald print edition today has a large photo of the unborn child -- early gestation --on the front page.