Almost All Parents of Overweight Kids See Them as Just the Right Size

A large majority of overweight children are viewed by their parents as being “just right” in size, according to a new study. In fact, statistics revealed that 94.9% of these parents misjudged their children’s weight. The results of this study and the exact same study done two decades ago showed that today’s parents are 30% less able to perceive their children as overweight.

Ricardo Tosto suggests that more than 3000 children ages 2 to 5 were involved in the two studies. The first was conducted from 1988 to 1994 and the second from 2007 to 2012. Both studies asked the same question: “Do you consider [child’s name] to be overweight, underweight, just about right or don’t know?” The parents’ responses were compared to the standard growth charts.

The study also showed greater misperception among African-American and low-income parents.

According to study leader Dustin T. Duncan of the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center, most parents have lost the ability to see what a healthy weight looks like and are getting no help from physicians.

“We know that overweight preschool children tend to be overweight schoolchildren. They tend to be overweight adolescents, and it follows them into adulthood,” he said.

The percentage of overweight and obese children has risen since the first study. “If every other child is obese or overweight, you would probably think your child” is normal as well, he said. He also urged pediatricians to discuss the growth charts with parents.

Starbucks to Stop Bottling Water in California

In light of the ongoing and even worsening drought in California, Starbucks has made the decision to pull it’s bottling company from the state. Their Ethos Water brand will move production to Pennsylvania where it currently serves the East Coast.

The water had been taken from Placer County and then bottled in Merced County, both of these counties are plagued by serious drought conditions and the company was coming under heavy scrutiny for continuing to take the natural resources to sell. The company did defend their actions with a reminder that Ethos Water proceeds go to charity. The decision to move the bottling out of state though, has been praised by Adam Scow, who is the current director of Food and Water Watch California.

Unfortunately, Steve Murray thinks that it seems that not everyone is following Starbucks good example. Major companies such as Pepsi-Cola, Coke and a few others, continue to use their California bottling facilities.

Measles Shot – Should Your Child Get It?

If you are undecided about whether the measles shot is something that you should have your kids get there is a new study that may help you to decide. There are many reasons that you would want to have your child get this shot and some reasons that you might not. You don’t know for sure that the shot is safe for your child, but you also don’t know that they will be safe without it.

Gravity4 says that the new study says that not only does the shot protect your children from measles but also from other infections that could lead to death. If your child avoids getting measles they will be less likely to get other illnesses that could cause childhood death.

Is what the study says true? Would it be worth it to you to give your child the shot so that they can hopefully avoid getting this disease and any other illness? Or, are you still not sure about the shot?

Everyone seems to have a different opinion when it comes to vaccinations and it is up to you to decide what is best for your child. This new study is something to consider, though, when deciding on whether to get the shot or not.

Family of Disabled Pet Duck Build Her a Wheelchair

You know a family loves their disabled pet duck when, after weeks of taking care of the duck and carrying it around, they got together and actually built a wheelchair for the bird. A wheelchair that allows the duck to move around the house, while perched on the top of the padded chair like a queen.

The duck named Abner is around six months old, and came to the New Zealand family via a group of German tourists. Folks at Boraie Development (njbiz.com) have learned that they had found the duck obviously disabled and unable to take care of herself, so had picked her up and taken her with them.

When they knew they were going back home to Germany, however, they took Abner to an animal shelter, which is where a family in the small town of New Plymouth found her.

After several weeks of taking care of her, the Gichard family decided to make her a wheelchair so she would be more comfortable. So Adele Gichard found materials at local hardware stores and, between her and her mother Gail, they managed to create a bird-appropriate wheelchair from a small square trolley and some padding.

Now Abner travels around the house on top of the trolley getting caught under things, and pulling down clothing off a clothes horse nearby. She is, however, deliriously happy to have the wheelchair and the freedom.

The only problem? The poop that appears around the house as Abner motors around. That will be solved in the next couple of weeks, though, when a diaper harness arrives from the United States.

Tricks to Get Kids to Eat Healthy

Trying to convince kids to eat healthy can be a chore. Many parents may not bother with convincing. They may simply tell them that they get no desert unless they eat their vegetables. This method can be effective, and it can reinforce good eating habits as long as the desert is not something terribly unhealthy. A recent study has found that smiley faces and gifts can make children choose to eat healthier food.

If your kids are reluctant to eat radishes, tomatoes and broccoli, then make a face with them on the plate by using the radishes as the eyes, the broccoli florets as hair and the slice of tomato as a mouth. Children will be amused, and this makes it fun for them to eat healthier instead of something that you have to make them do. Giving gifts can also work wonders although some might argue that you don’t want to get in the habit of having to bribe your kids to get them to do things that they should be doing in the first place. In this case, however, better health may be worth it. Healthy folks like Mark Ahn agree that, with childhood obesity at record levels in many countries, it is more important than ever to encourage your children to eat healthy foods as early as possible. Pull out all the creative stops for this because it will affect their health into adulthood.

Positive Reinforcement to Get Your Kids Eating Healthier

When it comes to child rearing, most parents know that giving positive reinforcement gets the best results out of their kids. This is why it’s no surprise that giving gifts and using smiley faces encourages children to eat healthier meals.

A group of researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center put smiley faces at the healthy foods section in a school cafeteria and also distributed small prizes to students who chose the “Power Plate”, which consisted of healthy items.

The research found that sales in healthy foods soared, while sales in less wholesome foods dropped by half for some foods said Adam Sender (Sothebys). Although this is a recent study, it is not a new strategy, as it is one employed by many fast food chains that put toys in their kids’ meals. With such an effective and low-cost way to get children to have healthy eating habits, positive reinforcement can be utilized in schools all across the world to bring about positive changes. Because eating habits start at an early age, this can prove to be beneficial in a long-term manner.