Missing fathers, swelling waistlines

Nicole M. King | 12 February 2016
A Danish study shows that children born in a fatherless home are physiologically prone to obesity.

Housework versus obesity

Joanna Roughton | 25 September 2015
It's hard to burn enough calories sitting in front of a computer.

Fatherless and fat

Nicole M. King | 22 April 2015
Children from one-parent families have higher odds of obesity than children from two-parent families.

How to slim down super-sized kids

Laura Keynes | 27 March 2015
Restore the traditional family and its mealtimes.

How family meals deter obesity

Nicole M. King | 24 September 2014
Research shows that more family meals are linked to less obesity.

Loneliness is bad for your health

Nicole M. King | 28 February 2014
Chronic loneliness is more damaging to health than obesity.

The untold story behind child obesity

Nicole M. King | 22 November 2013
It's uncomfortable to admit, but childhood obesity often starts with family life patterns.

Family breakdown linked to obesity

Nicole M. King | 11 November 2013
Kids from one-parent families are at greater risk of obesity and early onset puberty.

Daycare linked to overweight kids in Canadian study

Carolyn Moynihan | 26 November 2012
A study from the University of Montreal reveals that school-age children are 50 percent more likely to be overweight if they were in daycare between the ages of 18 months and four years.

Electronics in the bedroom add pounds to kids waists

Carolyn Moynihan | 23 October 2012
"If you want your kids to sleep better and live a healthier lifestyle, get the technology out of the bedroom," says Canadian public health professor Paul Veugelers.

It’s so cool to drink water

Carolyn Moynihan | 11 June 2012
The war on fat is becoming a war on sugar, but what does it take to get people off fizzy drinks and juices that are loaded with the sweet stuff?

Obesity researchers find teens “frustrating”. How surprising.

Mariette Ulrich | 30 May 2012
An intensive obesity-prevention program for Australian girls didn't lead to any improvements in their diet, physical activity or body weight a year later.

Early puberty—or is it?

Carolyn Moynihan | 04 April 2012
Is puberty before the age of 10 a “new normal” for girls? asks a long article in the New York Times magazine.

Will Big Government save us from Big Appetites?

Mariette Ulrich | 22 February 2012
The Obama Administration has gone nuts. Literally. The czars fiddle with peanut vending machines while Washington burns ever deeper into multi-trillion dollar debt. But oh, it’s for the children.

Is allowing too many Twinkies child abuse?

Mariette Ulrich | 01 August 2011
Should parents of morbidly obese children lose custody of their children? Yes, argue some medical experts. They recommend that in some extreme cases, foster care is the most ethical path to take.

Child obesity: Tater Tots are not the problem

Mariette Ulrich | 08 January 2011
I have just taken another look at the Obama's Christmas present to the nation -- the nutrition bill and I do not find it to my taste.

Is suing McDonald’s a good parenting strategy?

Mariette Ulrich | 19 December 2010
It's the unhappy battle over the McDonald’s Happy Meal, which Monet Parham, mother of two and a health educator, says she just can't win.

Three home routines reduced obesity

Carolyn Moynihan | 12 February 2010
With Michelle Obama heading up a new anti-obesity programme in the United States studies analysing the problem of childhood obesity are coming thick and fast.

Eat fast, grow fat

Carolyn Moynihan | 11 November 2009
Fast food, as we all know, tends to make you fat. But even slow food cooked lovingly at home and eaten at the table could do the same if you ate it too fast.

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@ mercatornet.com

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