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Obesity & Late Puberty for Boys

According to an article, Puberty gap: Obesity splits boys, girls on MSNBC.com, new studies have indicated that the current obesity epidemic among children is causing boys to hit puberty later than previous generations. Girls appear to be hitting…
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Michelle Obama Takes On Childhood Obesity

President Barack Obama announced that Michelle Obama, First Lady and mother of two First Daughters Sasha and Malia, will be taking on Childhood Obesity as her pet cause. In this MSNBC story Michelle Obama admits to a very similar story as…
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Obesity Thunder Bay Website Fights Childhood Obesity

Listen, I took some slack for The Girl Revolution: Fit Girl Series I ran last year. Too obsessive, one reader said in her email. The thing is, childhood obesity has very serious health consequences for our children. Especially for our daughters…
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Christiane Northrup, MD on HPV Vaccine

I'm a waffler when it comes to the HPV Vaccine, a vaccine preventing some types of the human papillomavirus virus that can cause cervical cancer, for young girls. I want to prevent my daughter from getting HPV. But, I've read The Handmaiden's…
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Controversial Post About Body Hair

Having given this a great deal of thought I've come to a fairly significant position on the issue of girls and body grooming. The Girl Revolution often looks at controversial hairy issues: should you let your daughter color her hair at 7?…
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Sniff ... Sniff ... Tween Spirit?

I was at a Toastmasters Contest Saturday when I smelled something. I smelled it again. Unmistakable, that's B.O. Sniff. Whiff. I made a personal armpit check. Not me. Phew. To my left I leaned in for a discrete snort of my husband's pits.…
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Fit Girl Series: Accept Your Body

You can never, ever, not-in-a-million years, love and accept yourself from the couch. If feelings were math "accepting your body" is a mathematical impossibility if you are not in touch with and caring for your body. It's not only ineffective,…
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Fit Girl Series - Friends, Strangers With Candy

Ainsley's in the other room reading to her brother and my husband and I are having a consultation with her doctor. And I'm hearing myself say this, I don't understand how this could be happening. This doesn't make any sense. We're doing most…
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Fit Girl Series - Comparing Children

My husband and I are sitting in the doctor's office and we've done the math - Ainsley is officially "overweight." Her BMI is over 19. Not by much, but over. I'm trying to wrap my brain around how this could happen and what it means. Like…

Fit Girl Series - Eat This, Not That!

I bought that book Eat This, Not That! and already I've found a list of foods where I'm totally falling for the lies on the packaging. Eat This, Not That! is crafted to specifically target belly fat—by filling you with smart, healthy choices…
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Fit Girl Series - BIG FAT LIARS!!!

America's kids are fat. Parents are taking the blame. Aren't parents ultimately responsible for their kids' health? But, this nice and tidy excuse rubs me the wrong way. It rubs me in the same way that the pornification of girls' Halloween…
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Fit Girls: Weight = Moral Failure?

Let's talk about the feeling of failure parents feel when they realize their kids weigh too much - or too little. You're in the doctor's office and she announces your child is overweight, in the red zone and a feeling of failure quickly follows.…