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 […]

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 […]

Kid, Pets, and Withdrawal for obesity

It is still National Pet Obesity Awareness Month, and we have been talking about what happens when a pet-parent institutes a program designed to halt the companion animal’s addiction to overeating. All the details are present in “Similarities between obesity in pets and children: the addiction model,” co-authored by Dr. Robert A. Pretlow and Dr. […]

More About How to Help Kids and Pets

When babies and pets are allowed to develop an expectation that every bite of every food will always be delicious within certain narrow parameters (i.e., sugary, for babies), they start off on the wrong foot. Unfortunately, parents often don’t realize that the liquid nutritional supplements they are guilt-tripped into buying are just a sludge of […]

How to Help Kids and Pets for weightloss

A while back, we described the first two steps of W8Loss2Go as it pertains to both children and pets. We are still in Pet Obesity Awareness Month, so more discussion follows. The program begins with identifying the specific problem food or foods, and withdrawing from them one by one. Then, between-meal eating is eliminated. Ideally, […]

The Overweight Pet Obesity epidemic

When a child or pet is given an edible treat as a band-aid to cover every incidence of depression, anxiety, isolation, boredom, emotional pain, or other form of psychological stress, no good can come of it. Comfort eating is an easy habit to catch. Actual changes in the brain reinforce the habit, and next thing […]

Calories and Junk Food of Childhood Obesity

The subjects of the last few posts overlap in complicated and interesting ways. The energy balance idea, for instance, seems like it should be so straightforward. It’s science, right? By feeding in the exact right number of calories, and expending the exact right amount of energy, the body can be reduced; enlarged; or maintained at […]