Posts Tagged ‘children’s weight’

Children’s Weight: What the Scale Doesn’t Tell

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

by Leigh Ann Otte

For most of us adults, body mass index gives us a good indication of how healthy our weight is. But for kids, things are different.

In this week’s featured article, pediatrician Vincent Iannelli explains what else doctors look at when determining whether a child’s weight is healthy. Yes, they consider growth, weight and BMI, but they also take into account things like puberty and how the weight has changed over time. “One red flag that might indicate a medical problem is losing weight or not gaining an appropriate amount of weight over the last few years,” writes Dr. Iannelli. “For a school-age boy, normal weight gain would be about 5 or 6 pounds a year.”

You can read the full article here: “Healthy Weight for Children: Why You Can’t Always Tell by Looking.”

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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of and a freelance writer, editor and blogger.

Child and adolescent obesity: AMA recommendations–but is more needed?

Friday, July 25th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

The name of the report is the American Medical Association “Expert Committee Recommendations on the Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment of Child and Adolescent Obesity.” Do you want fries with that? If ever an acronym was needed …

It has good ideas, but the question is: How do we get people to put them into practice? I have a feeling answers are in the works.


Sugar-sweetened drinks do NOT contribute to childhood obesity, says new study. … Really?

Monday, June 30th, 2008

soda illustration with strawby James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

Sometimes studies come up with conclusions that just don’t make common sense. Sometimes facts trump emotions. That’s why we do structured, objective studies with scientific statistical analysis. However, sometimes the studies are flawed and come to the wrong conclusions. That’s why we have peer review, critique and repeat studies to see if we can replicate the same results.

The American Journal of Clinical Medicine published a doozy in their most recent issue, concluding no association between sugar-sweetened beverages and childhood obesity. The beverages included sodas, fruit juices and “ades.”


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