Child Obesity

Without dad, girls at more risk of obesity

Carolyn Moynihan | 15 December 2011
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.

A weighty problem

Carolyn Moynihan | 30 November 2011
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.

Will a story about dieting help your overweight child?

Mariette Ulrich | 30 August 2011
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.

School lunch war gets serious

Mariette Ulrich | 17 May 2011
Big Brother is watching you. Actually, he’s watching your child, and what she’s about to eat for lunch.

More family meals, less obesity

Carolyn Moynihan | 04 May 2011
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.

Early pregnancy is so important for child development…

Carolyn Moynihan | 19 April 2011
The New Zealand Herald print edition today has a large photo of the unborn child -- early gestation --on the front page.

Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@

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