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Yogurt: Good for Your Heart?

You know what’s good about yogurt: It has calcium and vitamin D to strengthen your bones. It has protein to build muscle. And if that weren’t enough, studies now show that yogurt is good for your heart. Healthy cholesterol, healthy blood pressure Eating yogurt is linked to having healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels. According … Read More

When Should My Toddler Start Slimming Down?

Chubby cheeks, chubby hands, chubby belly: They make babies so huggable. But that pudgy appeal can quickly become a health concern. “Children should start thinning out between ages 2 and 5,” says Sara Lappé, MD, pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. “Your child will look his thinnest about the time he starts Kindergarten.” It’s hard to eyeball … Read More

U.S. Waistlines Keep Getting Larger

The number of U.S. men and women with the kind of obesity that settles around the waist – which can indicate a greater risk of ailments such as diabetes and heart disease – has risen sharply over the last 12 years, a recent study says. The study, conducted by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control … Read More

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Link Between Obese Adults and Childhood ADHD

If you battled attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as a child, there’s a good chance you’ll be fighting the battle of the bulge as an adult, according to a new study. A long-term study of more than 200 boys with ADHD by New York University researchers found a strong link between childhood ADHD and adult … Read More

Beyond BMI: A Better Tool to Measure Your Health

If you’ve been to a doctor, looked at medical websites or watched a daytime talk show, you’ve probably heard the three magic letters BMI. BMI, or body mass index, is the most basic tool doctors use to check your body composition and predict your risk of disease. There are plenty of online BMI calculators that … Read More