Stories about: Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program

The healthy holiday guide for families

Family celebrating healthy holiday meal

Holiday gatherings are for family, friends and … food. No matter which holidays you celebrate, they’re sure to include delicious treats — some healthy, most not. It may seem nearly impossible to always practice healthy eating habits, but there are some things you and your kids can do to stay on course this holiday season.

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Eating well and feeling good, family-style

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It’s well known that childhood obesity is a problem in the U.S. But did you know that by the time they enter kindergarten, 12.4% of American children are already obese, and 14.9% are overweight?

It’s never too early to think about healthy eating.

The Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program is a multidisciplinary clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital, dedicated to treating children who are overweight or obese, and those with or at risk for type 2 diabetes.

When it comes to a healthy diet — whether you are making new changes or trying to keep up with a routine — it helps to know where you are going. Having a plan can create the background for staying on track with your healthy goals.

Here are some steps to help keep your family eating well and feeling good.

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A parent’s guide to healthy weight loss in children

A parent's guide to healthy weight loss in children.

Today, up to 30 percent of children and adolescents are considered to be overweight or obese. This “obesity epidemic” is a source of great concern to parents and caregivers alike, as these kids face an increased risk of a host of serious medical and behavioral health complications, including type 2 diabetes.

We sat down with Dr. Robert Markowitz and dietitian Sharon Weston of the Boston Children’s Hospital Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program to help parents support their children in maintaining an optimal weight.

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Experience Journal: Growing up overweight

experience-journal-perserving-imageChildren can become overweight or obese for many reasons, including genetics, diet, level of physical activity and psychological issues. Regardless of the cause, significant excess weight can have serious long-term health risks and must be addressed head on.
The Overweight Experience Journal, created by the Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Psychiatry and the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) Program, represents the collective wisdom of patients and families living with weight issues. Here are some of their stories, in their own words.

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