What’s a Healthy BMI?

What is a good BMI for optimal health? And what does that actually mean? A family physician explains the uses and limitations of this measurement.

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How Often Should You Step on the Scale?

If you’re trying to lose weight, you might sometimes feel as though the bathroom scale is not your friend. But research suggests that the scale can be a powerful ally in your weight-loss effort.

Obese Children Have Greater Risk for Adult Heart Disease

For many people, obesity starts developing in early childhood, when good dietary and exercise habits are neglected. It’s important for parents to know there’s long-term danger in their children being overweight or obese — it can lead to greater heart disease risk later in your child’s life. Childhood obesity has doubled in the past 30 years. … Read More

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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 pediatrician Sara Lappé, MD. “Your child will look his thinnest about the time he starts Kindergarten.” It’s hard to eyeball a healthy weight, … Read More