Childhood Obesity

Combating pediatric diabetes and obesity in South Texas

March 21, 2019
New grant funding for pediatric diabetes and obesity education and intervention near the Texas-Mexico border

INFOGRAPHIC: America’s modern day health epidemic—obesity

January 11, 2017
A public health epidemic of our time

Standing desks lead to improved BMI in children, research shows

August 23, 2016
In landmark study, desks that encourage elementary school-age children to stand during class are shown to cut down on obesity, lower BMI trajectory

The hidden (and the not-so-hidden) costs of obesity

May 19, 2016
Think of what else we could do with $270 billion, if we weren’t spending it on obesity-related costs

Kids obtain 12 percent of their calories from fast food, CDC study says

September 21, 2015

According to a new CDC study, up to one-third of children in the United States eat fast food every day – receiving 12 percent of their caloric intake from the drive-through. That’s the equivalent of a child eating a small McDonald’s hamburger for lunch seven days a week.

Fighting childhood obesity starts at home

July 10, 2015

To help better understand the cause of the growing obesity epidemic, Alison Pittman, M.S.N., RN, CPN, assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Nursing, shares a few lifestyle-based solutions that can have an impact well past childhood.

It’s all in the family: Preventing pediatric type 2 diabetes starts at home

June 8, 2015

The prevalence of type 2 diabetes among children and adolescents in the U.S. has increased rapidly in the last two decades and is a growing problem. Here are 5 changes families can make to help prevent their children from developing type 2 diabetes.

Researcher examines effectiveness of community information sessions on childhood obesity policy

March 5, 2013

The effectiveness of community information sessions between researchers and local lawmakers to affect policy development related to childhood obesity was the focus of a recent study by a researcher at the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) School of Rural Public Health.

Dr. Sharkey to serve on expert working group on childhood obesity prevention

March 4, 2013

Joseph R. Sharkey, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., professor and founding director of the Program for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities at the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health, will serve on an expert working group for the Colorado Health Foundation on March 5-7 in Denver.