Childhood Obesity Awareness and Scratch Cooking

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Once again, September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, because the problem is still with us. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 17% of American children are obese, and a lot of them are preschool-age kids. These youngsters face a lifetime — and an unnecessarily shortened one, at that — of physical discomfort, medical problems, and […]

Year-Round Pet Obesity Awareness

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Childhood Obesity News has been looking at the parallels between humans and animals in an area called displacement behavior, which in humans can also be called adjunctive behavior or body-focused repetitive behavior. When feeling boxed in, conflicted, threatened, anxious, confused, or fearful, a dog might stop to scratch itself or chew up a shoe. A […]

Awareness Month, Childhood Obesity Style

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For several years now, September has been the National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in America. Lauren Rossen, Ph.D., explains the concept, beginning with an assertion that, awareness-wise, we still have a long way to go. One out of every three kids — that’s the official word on how many are overweight or obese. About half […]

Food Addiction Awareness — Important and Growing

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Over the past couple of years, despite resistance to the food addiction paradigm, many different researchers have been making the connection between obesity and addiction. In a series of programs about addiction, National Public Radio brought listeners the tidings from Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobiology Ralph DiLeone, who spoke of the long-term changes that […]

Obesity Awareness or Discrimination?

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A couple of days ago, we looked at the state of Georgia’s childhood obesity billboards, but, believe it or not, they are only the tip of a very large iceberg, consisting of what some see as a national trend that is headed in exactly the wrong direction. AllVoices contributor Anne Hart put together a very […]

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month Questions

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Unlike some other social phenomena that are either celebrated or deprecated, childhood obesity has been allotted not a day or a week, but an entire month. We are still in the second annual Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (COAM). How is it being observed? How do Americans feel about it? Does it accomplish anything? Two organizations […]

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month – Where Are We Now?

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Since the February 2010 launch of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” program, what has been happening? Has anything changed in the year since the first Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, in September 2010? Has childhood obesity awareness evolved during this time? As it turns out, quite a few interesting things have occurred, and even some promising ones. […]

In the Midst of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

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Chef Domenica Catelli is a food authority who takes a militant stand, who speaks of the fight against childhood obesity, and who wants us to step up to the front lines today and celebrate Childhood Obesity Awareness Month by making one positive change. Along with being executive chef of a restaurant that has been the […]

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month to Return

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In July, U.S. Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge introduced House Resolution 339 that would designate September 2011 as the second annual National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (COAM), as seen in this short announcement. It was she, along with U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, who originated this legislation in the House the first time around, backed up by […]

Denial = Bad, Awareness = Good

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  Childhood obesity is a tough problem, and when parents look for answers, the answers might depend on the attitudinal states of various family members. Maybe you realize that your child has a problem, but he or she refuses to acknowledge this. Or maybe your child is asking for help, and you are the one […]

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