Stop Telling Your Kids How Much to Eat

Dear Mr. Dad: My son, age 8, is very overweight. We’ve talked about how he has to start eating less and get more exercise. But he doesn’t want to play sports because the other kids make fun of his weight. And even though I’m trying to change his diet—by making him eat more vegetables and taking away his dessert privileges—his weight isn’t changing. Just the other day I found a bunch of candy wrappers in his room. What can I do?

A: It’s obvious that your intentions are very good: Trying to get your son to exercise more and eat differently is an excellent strategy. The problem is in your execution.

Let’s start with the physical activity part. I completely get your son’s reasons for not wanting to play on a sports team. Exercising in front of others can be humiliating. A recent study from Brigham Young University found that being bullied and teased is one of the main reasons overweight kids don’t exercise. And the problems don’t end there. Being bullied/teased also negatively affect overweight kids’ grades and relationships with their classmates.
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Radiation

Many people who’ve had cancer that has metastasized to their bones have had to endure multiple doses of radiation to control the pain. But it doesn’t have to be that way. According to recent research, a single dose is just as effective at controlling pain as multiple ones. The study, led by Justin Bekelman and […]

Nuts about Nuts–Well, Pistachios, Anyway

Seems like news about a new superfood comes out once a week. Broccoli, oats, spinach, tomatoes, blueberries, pomegranate juice, blackberries, garlic, almonds, and fish oil, just to name a few, have all had their 15 minutes of food fame.

The health benefits of all of the above have been pretty well documented, which was why hearing that pistachios were the latest nutritional miracle didn’t come as much of a surprise. [Read more...]

Pregnant? Broccoli and eggs could make your baby healthier

That’s according to a new study done at Cornell University. Researchers there found that “increased maternal intake of the nutrient choline could decrease their children’s chances of developing hypertension and diabetes later in life.” Choline is chemically kind of like a B-Vitamin but isn’t one officially. Our bodies make small amounts of choline, but in order to have enough, most people need to get some in your diet. Choline is found in meats and seafood (especially the livers), broccoli, eggs, cauliflower, soy, flax seed, pistachios, and chocolate (even chocolate cake).