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Too Little Sleep, Too Big a Waistline
Kids who don't get enough sleep might drive their parents crazy sometimes, but there could be more at stake. Kids' waistlines could suffer too.
Report Card: US Kids Still Need More Exercise
Childhood obesity has gotten plenty of attention, but are behaviors that may prevent it really changing? A new report explored the state of physical activity among US youth.
Calling Children Fat Won't Protect Them From Obesity
Public anti-obesity efforts often promote weight stigmatization, such as using negative language or offensive stereotypes about obesity. But this view may have detrimental effects, especially in children.
Mom's Weight May Affect Her Child's Weight
Previous studies have shown that the amount of weight that women gain during pregnancy can significantly affect the baby's health. And it's possible that a child's health could be affected throughout childhood and beyond.
Kids' Obesity Numbers Leveling Out
In order to address childhood obesity, it's important to know how many children are obese in the US and whether that number is growing or shrinking.
What's the Cost of Childhood Obesity?
It's no secret that children's waistlines have grown substantially in the US. This obesity problem not only affects children's health, but also affects their families' wallets.
The Importance of Healthy Pregnancy Weight
Obesity can contribute to a range of different health problems, but for pregnant women, those problems may affect two people.
Parents' Weight Linked to Autism
The search for possible causes of autism has gone in a lot of different directions. But finding a link does not mean finding a cause.
Obese Children Might Become Poorer Students as Teens
Childhood obesity can negatively affect a person's physical and mental health throughout life. It's possible that the condition might even be a barrier to academic and career success.   
Watching How Much Kids Watch TV
Children who spend a lot of time watching TV are more likely to be overweight, according to past research. But parents can make a difference.