Science & Health Today: Focus on Children’s Health



October is Children’s Health Month, an observance created to bring national awareness to the health issues children face today. Unfortunately, too many U.S. children suffer from our national epidemics of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease — problems that used to be very rare in children. Changes in society and poor health habits are increasing children’s risk of disease. Consider these statistics: Continue reading “Science & Health Today: Focus on Children’s Health”

What’s So Great About Losing Weight? (Besides Looking Better?)

If you ask your heart, or back, or joints, the most important reason to lose weight is for your health, not your looks. So consider looking better a major perk of weight loss — not to mention great motivation. Your clothes will fit better. Your self-confidence will soar. You may even dress better. But your whole body, from the inside out, will celebrate your weight loss!
Let’s look more closely at how weight affects your body. Continue reading “What’s So Great About Losing Weight? (Besides Looking Better?)”

Weight Loss is a Family Affair

If the weight gain trend continues, as it has the past 30 years, more than 86 percent of U.S. adults will be overweight or obese by 2030, according to researchers.
And the problem expands even to children. According to a new national poll, childhood obesity is now the No. 1 health concern for kids in 2008, topping smoking and drug abuse. So what’s a family to do? Continue reading “Weight Loss is a Family Affair”

More Reasons Than Ever to Lose Weight

We’ve all heard how being overweight can lead to heart disease, diabetes, stroke and joint problems. But did you know it can also lead to cancer?
Doctors have known for a while that there was a link between obesity and some cancers. Now researchers have specific numbers to match up with obesity-related cancers.
The report from the American Institute for Cancer Research says excess body fat causes: Continue reading “More Reasons Than Ever to Lose Weight”