Overweight Kindergarteners More Likely to Become Obese Teens

Behold, one of the most depressing sentences you'll read today, courtesy of the AP: "A new study finds that much of a child's 'weight fate' is set by age 5." Quick! Put Big Bird and Paddington Bear on a diet! March your toddler down to Planet Fitness! Ban cupcakes! » 1/30/14 10:30am 1/30/14 10:30am

Study Says Obesity Is a Poor People Problem

Childhood obesity is a socioeconomic issue. According to a new study, Harvard University researchers found that children with better educated parents are less likely to become overweight because they are more active. On the other hand, in the shadows of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign to fight… » 1/14/14 12:45pm 1/14/14 12:45pm

Halloween Jerk to Hand Out Notes Telling Trick or Treaters They're Fat

A local busybody in Fargo, North Dakota has decided to take America's child obesity epidemic on herself this Halloween by only giving candy to the trick or treaters she deems thin enough to deserve candy. The rest of the kids — those the woman deems "moderately obese" — get notes telling their parents to stop having… » 10/30/13 10:00am 10/30/13 10:00am

Dr. Oz Raps While Wearing a Sparkly Stethoscope. For the Children.

Somehow we missed this but the video for "Everybody" — a track featuring Doug E. Fresh that will appear on Michelle Obama's hip hop album, which is a real thing that exists — features Dr. Oz rapping. While wearing scrubs and a stethoscope. » 8/13/13 5:45pm 8/13/13 5:45pm

Skim Milk Doesn't Prevent Childhood Obesity, Isn't Great for…

Good news for everybody out there who hates the white water: skim and low-fat milks aren't as awesome for weight-loss as we were once told, according to new research. » 3/20/13 11:15am 3/20/13 11:15am

Mom Who Wrote About Putting 7-Year-Old Daughter on Diet Now Promoting…

Last year, in a piece for Vogue magazine, Dara-Lynn Weiss wrote about putting her 7-year-old daughter (pseudonym: Bea) on a diet, and how hard that was. For Weiss: » 1/15/13 5:40pm 1/15/13 5:40pm

Because We Don't Hate Fat Kids Enough, The Biggest Loser Now Has…

The Biggest Loser, NBC's cash cow "reality" hit that teaches grown-ass men and women to hate the fat away, is now allowing teens on the show. I think their new tagline is, "Because adults shouldn't be the only one running on treadmills until they puke." There's no better way to get children on the fast track to eating… » 12/12/12 10:40am 12/12/12 10:40am

New York City Puts Public School Students on a Diet, Because the Kids…

Want to hear something depressing? According to teachers' estimates, two-thirds of students in some public schools rely on school lunch as their primary source of caloric intake. Want to hear something else depressing (YES!) According to government data, between 16 and 33% of American children and teens are obese.… » 9/04/12 6:50pm 9/04/12 6:50pm

Jillian Michaels to Return to Biggest Loser and Direct Her Steely Focus…

The Biggest Loser returns in January, and this time around, the program is "going after" childhood obesity. Trainer Jillian Michaels left the show in May 2011, but she's coming back to tackle overweight kids. Usually, The Biggest Loser is a weight-loss competition, with participants partially disrobing stepping on a… » 9/04/12 2:25pm 9/04/12 2:25pm

Rates of Obesity in Kids Are Down… But Poverty, Pollution and Lack of…

The statistics tell us that one in six U.S. children are obese, and one in three are overweight. And when you look at an obesity map alongside a poverty map, you get the sense that the two are related. A new study in the May issue of the journal Pediatrics finds facts that support this theory. » 5/01/12 12:50pm 5/01/12 12:50pm

Disney Prematurely Indefinitely Delays Controversial Fat Shameland

A Walt Disney World exhibit on childhood obesity has been closed prematurely after fat acceptance groups pointed out that way the exhibit depicts fat people is totally hateful and fucked up. Disney claims it was just trying to encourage kids to be healthier. Those against the childhood obesity exhibit say that it… » 3/01/12 4:20pm 3/01/12 4:20pm

Excluded Kids Get Less Exercise, and Other Non-Shocking Revelations

Today in studies that would've made my eighth-grade self feel vindicated, we learn that kids who feel ostracized when playing games are less likely to exercise. And unsurprisingly, there are way better ways to get kids moving than shaming them. » 2/06/12 6:00pm 2/06/12 6:00pm

Anti-Obesity Programs Could Be Giving Kids Eating Disorders

Recently, we learned that junk food in schools may not have much effect on kids' weight. But another study shows that school anti-obesity programs could have some unintended consequences, possibly triggering kids' eating disorders. » 1/27/12 12:50pm 1/27/12 12:50pm

11-Year-Old Girl From Anti-Obesity Ads Has No Regrets

Last year, the state of Georgia started running "Stop Child Obesity" ads featuring real-live kids employed as child actors. But, of course, the part the kids are playing — that of an overweight child — mirrors reality. Chloe McSwain, one of the kids on billboards and in commercials, has fantastic self-esteem: "I'm… » 1/20/12 2:00pm 1/20/12 2:00pm

Congressional Magicians Attempt To Transform Pizza Into A Vegetable

Congress has taken on a long-neglected injustice in the food pyramid and will push to ensure that pizza, once derided as little more than a triangular delivery system for sodium and saturated fats, be finally recognized as the wholesome vegetable that it is. Our tax dollars, God's work. » 11/15/11 3:25pm 11/15/11 3:25pm

Lawmakers Fight To Keep School Lunches Cheap & Disgusting

Spurred by concern over childhood obesity, for the first time in 15 years the federal government has proposed changes to the school-lunch program that would make cafeteria food less gruel-like. As evidenced by their notorious love of kissing babies, politicians are extremely concerned about the well-being of American… » 11/02/11 2:25pm 11/02/11 2:25pm

A Year Of Barely Edible School Lunches

Schools used to dish out putrid pasta dishes, burned french fries, and mystery meats with few complaints from parents, but the childhood obesity epidemic has drawn more attention to what kids are being served at school. For years advocates have been saying children need to have healthier lunch options, but now one… » 10/06/11 11:00am 10/06/11 11:00am

New Children's Book Encourages Young Girls To Diet

Are you concerned that you child has yet to develop any body image issues and still remains blissfully unaware that society wants her to be as thin as possible? Luckily, there's now a kids book to initiate her into the world of dieting. » 8/18/11 10:50am 8/18/11 10:50am

Should Parents Of Dangerously Obese Children Lose Custody?

A Harvard-based specialist on childhood obesity thinks that super heavy children should be temporarily removed from the custody of their parents to promote the child's best interests. And maybe he's not totally wrong. » 7/13/11 11:00am 7/13/11 11:00am

Now Even Babies Should Watch Their Weight

We thought that kids could wait until they were in preschool, or at least kindergarten, to start worrying that they're fat, but apparently even babies should be concerned about having baby fat. » 6/24/11 1:40pm 6/24/11 1:40pm