RWJF: The Childhood Energy Gap, 10/10/2014

October 10, 2014

The Childhood Energy Gap

In a study recently summarized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, researchers led by Harvard and Columbia University professors created statistical models to analyze large contributors to the childhood obesity epidemic, and ways to combat it. The research study specifically observed the imbalance of caloric intake and energy expenditure, noticing a gap that has developed over time. Over ten years, this gap has increased to around 110 to 165 calories per day, which surely adds up to additional pounds over time. By …

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RWJF: Obesity and Siblings, 08/19/2014

August 19, 2014

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Within-Family Obesity Associations

In a recent study shared by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, researchers have found that there is a strong link in obesity among same-gender siblings in two-child households. It has been found that younger children are more likely to be obese if their elder sibling is obese as well. This shows that influences among sibling relationships may be different than parental influence when talking about obesity status. The study observed socio-demographics among the families in the study, as well …

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NEW YORK TIMES: Michelle Obama on Attempts to Roll Back Healthy Reforms, 6/13/2014

June 13, 2014

The Campaign for Junk Food: Michelle Obama on Attempts to Roll Back Healthy Reforms

Four years ago, First Lady Michelle Obama began her Let’s Move initiative to address childhood obesity.  Beginning with making healthy improvements to school lunches, the initiative has evolved to influence families to be active together, eat less fast food, and even start family and community gardens together.  First Lady Obama is proud that the initiative methods are inspired by evidence based proof of what works and they are proving to be effective.

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