If you have a daughter you are concerned with who struggles with obesity, you have more power within your family than any treatment facility known.
By: Joanna Dolgoff, M.D. There seems to be a number of contributing factors to the obesity epidemic our nation is facing. Some of these include excessive caloric intake, decreased physical activity and cultural influences. Now some researchers are investigating whether sleep deprivation may contribute to obesity. Research presented at the International AC21 Research Festival points [...]
By: Elizabeth Donovan, M.A. This TV show his BIG – no, make that HUGE! The ABC network launched the critically acclaimed show Huge, a couple of weeks ago that highlights the struggles and triumphs of overweight teens. The show takes place at a weight loss camp and features the fun and peppy Nikki Blonsky (as [...]
By: Joanne Stern, PhD. “Diet” is a terrible word for your daughter—one that can dig solidly into her self-esteem and do more damage than the extra weight. So take the words “big,” “fat,” and “geek” off your tongue and out of your mind. Instead, approach her with great sensitivity. Some studies show that obese kids [...]
By: Joanna Dolgoff, MD. We all know smoking is a bad habit that not only affects the smoker, but also impacts innocent bystanders. But new studies are showing just how much the most innocent of all, our children, are impacted by smoking. New research from the American Heart Association shows that secondhand smoke is particularly [...]
By: Joanna Dolgoff MD. A South Carolina woman was charged with criminal neglect when her 14-year-old son reached a shocking 555 pounds. I am sure that many of you can understand the charge because the example is so egregious. But how do we know this is really the mother’s fault? And if we do decide [...]
By: Joanna Dolgoff, MD. Play dates are a great way for your daughter to interact with other children, learn to share, build social skills, and most of all, have fun! But what happens when your overweight daughter comes home to tell you about the fried Oreos or fast food snack she consumed at her friend’s [...]
Do you have an overweight or obese teen? You’re not alone. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services recently published report, 14 percent of adolescents in the United States are overweight. This figure has tripled over the past two decades. So what’s the best way to help your teen? Parents know that [...]