When it comes to obesity, people often blame overeating and a lack of exercise. But your family also plays a big role in whether you’ll become overweight, according to a new study published in the journal Preventive Medicine.
The findings weren’t surprising to me. For adults, it provides some insight into how we came to be what we are. But these are circumstances beyond our ability as children to be able to do anything about. There’s no value in blaming our parents.
The article is however a reminder of our ability to influence the young and impressionable. You might not be a parent, but you can still be a role model.
No matter how you slice it, American kids are eating too much pizza.
That’s according to a new study from the Illinois Prevention Research Center, which found that pizza is the second-highest source of calories for kids ages 2 to 18. No. 1 was grain desserts like cookies and donuts.
The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that on days that kids and teens eat pizza, they take in much higher amounts of calories, fat and sodium than the days they don’t. And a full fifth of children and adolescents eat pizza on any given day.