Being overweight poses a very real health risk and should be an issue taken seriously by everyone. As a general guideline a person’s waistline should be their height (in inches) divided by 2, and should be less than 35″ for women and 40″ for men. Visceral fat, the fat located deep inside the abdomen, can [...]
We all know that being obese increases your risk of developing all sorts of potentially deadly health conditions, including blood clots, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, and more. Most people think that those risks might reduce your lifespan by a few years—apparently not enough to shock overweight and obese people into changing their behavior. But new [...]
Dear Mr. Dad: My 7-year-old has always been a little chunky, but recently, his doctor said he was obese. I don’t want him to go through what I did in school, and I don’t want him to develop the health problems that come from being obese either. What can I do to help him burn some of that fat? Or is it just “baby fat” and he’ll burn it off as he goes through the next growth spurt?
A: Let me start with your last question: The baby fat excuse runs out of steam by around age two. After that, kids who are overweight or obese are at risk of becoming overweight and obese adults. So, while your son’s next growth spurt may slim him down a little, if your doctor says he’s obese, you’ve got a problem.
Dear Readers: A few weeks ago I devoted a column to the issue of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) generated by cell phones and other electronic devices that many people worry are causing an increase in a variety of cancers as well as a host of other health risks. That column generated a huge response from readers. Some of you were thrilled to see your fears validated in print. Many others, though, took issue with the claims of the two book authors I’d quoted. Being a big believer in intellectual honesty, I decided to dig a little deeper into the “other side” of the story. Here’s what I found: