Tag: BMI

  • Effect of sugar-sweetened drinks on small children — not good

    We know that drinking lots of sugary drinks is bad for school-age children. A recent research article in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, asks a related question: What do we know about these drinks and younger children? The authors examined the correlation between consumption of sugar-sweetend beverages and body mass index…

  • Bariatric (weight control) surgery for adolescents: is there any place for it?

    It’s well known that an increasing number of Americans are overweight, and many more of those are frankly obese. The reasons are several. We have a more sedentary lifestyle and fewer and fewer of us get regular exercise. Our caloric intake, on average, has been steadily rising for decades, and many of us now eat…

  • Childhood obesity

    At first glance you might not think childhood obesity has much to do with pediatric critical care, but it does. There are several well-known health risks to an obese child. Many of these, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea, were once quite uncommon in children. For example, two decades ago…