childhood obesity

As researchers have searched for ways to explain the childhood obesity epidemic in the U.S., many have posited that a child's race or ethnicity alone can put them at greater risk of becoming overweight or obese.

Kim Eagle, a professor of internal medicine and health management and policy at the University of Michigan, was skeptical of this thinking. His hunch was that poverty was a much more important part of the equation.

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More Kentuckians are insured, protected from second-hand smoke and making healthier lifestyle choices, according to a recently released preliminary report on Gov. Steve Beshear’s kyhealthnow initiative.

Obesity is the leading cause of why 73 percent of young Kentucky adults are ineligible for military service, according to a report released Monday.

The report was done by Mission: Readiness, an organization made up of retired high-ranking military officials advocating for for "smart investments in America's children."

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Young athletes gathered for the annual George Wilson Sports Fest  Saturday for a chance to train with Tennessee Titans safety and Paducah native George Wilson.

Kentucky's two largest children's hospitals are joining forces to provide better pediatric care across the state. 

University of Kentucky Children's Hospital in Lexington and Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville announced the partnership this morning. However, the hospitals will continue to operate independently.

Not too many years ago, when a child went to a dietician, it was because he or she was too thin. Now, dieticians say they are seeing more overweight, and even obese children. The Centers for Disease Control found in 2010 that 1 in 7 preschool age children is obese. With extra weight comes increased health risks, and to treat a problem, it’s better to catch it early. The Purchase Area Health Education Center is working with several counties in the region to find children who may be at risk for cardiovascular problems.

Afternoon Round-Up 8/16/12

Aug 16, 2012

Today on NPR: The government began accepting applications Wednesday for "deferred action for childhood arrivals." The program allows qualified undocumented young people brought to the U.S. as children to study and work legally in the U.S. Many are applying, but the process is not without risk for some.

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A study of more than 800 western Kentucky children shows 25 percent are obese, and another 18 percent are overweight. The national average of obese children is 17 percent. Murray State University nursing professor Dr. Dana Manley was part of a team of researchers who compiled the data, based on 2008 and 2009 cardiovascular fitness tests.