Pet Obesity Epidemic

Pet Obesity

Pet Obesity in companion animals, which might be pets or service animals, is a frustrating and seemingly intractable problem. It is not surprising to learn that a disturbing percentage of house cats and house dogs are too fat — but horses? That’s crazy! Like humans, obese pets tend to suffer from co-morbidities such as arthritis, […]

Obesity and COVID-19

Obesity and COVID-19

Obesity and COVID-19 are very compatible with each other, as Childhood Obesity News has pointed out before. Reports keep piling up that describe the simpatico relationship between the two plagues. One thing the coronavirus does is force people to eat highly processed, nutritionally impoverished junk, even when they know better and don’t want to. A […]

Obesity Meals and Other Ideals

Childhood obesity

We looked at some of the problems with scheduled meals, especially during the pandemic when life can tend to vacillate between tedious boredom and unbridled chaos. Yes, consistent meal times are quite important for a number of reasons. On a very foundational level, a meal schedule implies the absence of snacking, whose banishment is always […]

Assessing the Flab Quotient

Last time, Childhood Obesity looked at body mass index as the standard of obesity measurement. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined the specific question of whether BMI or waist circumference (WC) measurement is best. When someone is apparently healthy, albeit chubby, that person’s system may still betray early warning signs […]

Coronavirus Chronicles More Possible Life Hacks

A new expression has entered the language, as people are urged to “drop the Covid 19.” This is of course a play on the venerable adage that every new college student engages in comfort eating, and consequently gains a certain number of pounds, the “freshman 15.” In combination with COVID-19, named for the year when […]

Coronavirus Chronicles Possible Life Hacks for Parents

A disclaimer has to be right up front in the title because nothing ever works for everybody, one-hundred percent, all the time. Claims of certainty should inspire scrutiny. On the other hand, it is always worth mentioning tips that have worked for somebody, especially if they happen to be backed by studies. These days, a […]

COVID-19 Safety on Sports

The previous post mentioned the new Centers for Disease Control guidance for school sports administrators, which includes the types of cooperation they should look for from coaches, teachers, and parents: “Space players at least 6 feet apart on the field (e.g., during warmup, skill building activities, simulation drills, while explaining rules)…” In the old days, […]

Halloween Excess vs. COVID-19

The pandemic might have one good effect, namely, reducing the amount of candy eaten around Halloween. This could reduce the amount of ultimate damage to America’s young. And old. If you think Grandma never sneaked a chocolate bar out of somebody’s trick-or-treat stash, think again. Anyway, the elimination of at least some of the usual […]