Junkfood Science: Peds Grand Rounds is Coming to Town

December 02, 2007

Peds Grand Rounds is Coming to Town

The new edition of Pediatric Grand Rounds has been posted at Hope for Pandora. Dr. Robey has fittingly made it an ode to that jolly fat man of the season. It’s the truth, he says, that little kids love Christmas.

We can read thoughtful, insightful and touching articles on child health while singing along to a popular holiday carol:

You better watch out

You better not cry

You better not pout, I'm telling you why

Santa Claus is coming to town....

Two favorites:

“You better watch out ... for the greatest threat to kids’ health.” Pediatric Grand Rounds begins with a thought provoking piece by Dr. Steven Parker. He asks what readers believe is the greatest public health threat to children in the U.S.?


· Approximately 13-40 million children in the U.S are exposed to this risk (depending on how you define it).

· The younger you are, the more likely you are to be exposed to it (43% under 3 years, 35% ages 15-17).

· Minority children are more likely to be exposed to it (35% of black children, 29% American Indian, 28% Latino, 11% Asian and 10% white)

· Because most kids in the U.S. are Caucasian, more white kids are exposed than any other group.

No, it’s not obesity or some toxic influence of our modern lives. But it is a silent epidemic that is never talked about...

“Santa Claus is coming to town ... and he’s got great gifts for kids of all ages.” In this helpful article at Pediatrics Now, Dr. Gwenn talks about how to select a special holiday toy for the children on your holiday gift list. She’s compiled ideas for gifts that will be fun for kids and are recommended by pediatricians as appropriate for developmental ages.

Best of all, there is no mention of trying to prevent obesity or get kids to eat right and exercise.

JFS' entry is found under "Gonna find out who's naughty..." :)

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