Singled out: The emotional toll of childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is a rising epidemic in America. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the percentage of 6- to 11-year-old U.S. children who were considered obese rose from 7 percent in 1980 to almost 18 percent in 2012. More than one-third of U.S. children and teens were considered overweight or obese by 2012...Find out more...

Suicidal ideation in youth: How to recognize it and what to do

Adolescence and young adulthood is a time filled with exciting adventures, new experiences and increased responsibilities. Unfortunately, it's also a time marked by increased academic stress and overwhelming life transitions. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds. To help the public better understand and prevent suicide, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention designated Sept... Find out more...

4 keys to healthy weight loss and outlook

Developing a positive view toward nutrition and exercise during adolescence will set the scene for later in life. In other words, the earlier a person develops healthy eating patterns, the better. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and a good time to start making better eating patterns a daily habit... Find out more...

Parents' Denial Fuels Childhood Obesity Epidemic
From the Schoolyard to Your 
Yard: Cyber-bullying Brings Victimization Home
Not only was the 16-year-old boy 60 pounds overweight, but a blood test showed he might have fatty liver disease. At last, his mother took him to a pediatric weight management clinic in New Haven. But she did not at all like the dietitian's advice. "I can't believe you're telling me I can't buy Chips Ahoy! cookies," said the mother, herself a nurse. This was hardly the first time that Mary Savoye... Find out more...
Body weight is now one of the most common reasons youth are bullied, however, victimization of overweight youth continues to be overlooked in media, research and policy discussions. According to a recent survey, 41 percent of high school students perceived body weight as the primary reason for teasing and bullying (followed by 38 percent for sexual orientation)... Find out more...

Book Spotlight
How to Recognize Mental Illness in Youth: and When to Start Intervention

Approximately 13 percent of adolescents are living their lives battling a serious mental illness. What is even more worrisome is that only about 20 percent of these young individuals get the treatment they need.

Between 2005 and 2010, roughly 2 million American adolescents between ages 12 and 17 acknowledged that for more than half of the previous month, they had routinely felt sad, angry, disconnected, stressed out, unloved or willing to hurt themselves. Such struggling teens were more likely to be girls than boys (10 percent compared to 6.7 percent, respectively). This fulfilled the measure of what mental health experts call "persistent mental distress."

How to Recognize Mental Illness in Youth: and When to Start Intervention authored by Patricia A. Carlisle takes a deeper look into mental disorders among teens, all the while focusing on preventive measures... Find out more...
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