Insufficient Sleep in Kids Associated With Obesity, Poor Diet, Inactivity.

A new study conducted among more than 177,000 students suggests that insufficient sleep duration is associated with an unhealthy lifestyle profile among children and adolescents. Results show that insufficient sleep duration was associated with unhealthy dietary habits such as skipping breakfast (adjusted odds ratio 1.30), fast-food consumption (OR 1.35) and consuming sweets regularly (OR 1.32).… Continue reading Insufficient Sleep in Kids Associated With Obesity, Poor Diet, Inactivity.

Nutrition, Lifestyle, Disease and Wealth: Is There a Connection?

Is it possible that better nutrition could solve two critical problems that have persisted worldwide? According to one food industry expert, it’s our own wealth that is driving obesity levels. He says our economy is thriving because we’re NOT as active as we once were, especially at work. Combined with dramatically cheaper calories, this creates… Continue reading Nutrition, Lifestyle, Disease and Wealth: Is There a Connection?

Obesity Risks and Solutions for Autism and ASD

Since 2000, the rate of diagnosis for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder has nearly tripled. In 2000, approximately 1 of every 150 children received a diagnosis of ASD. In 2014, that number had skyrocketed to 1 of every 59 children.   The causes for this increase are a source of argument for many experts. There… Continue reading Obesity Risks and Solutions for Autism and ASD

Is Cardio or Strength Training Better for Obese Kids?

What exercise program can best fight the “epidemic” of teen obesity? According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics, by combining aerobic exercise with resistance training. The Healthy Eating Aerobic and Resistance Training in Youth (HEARTY) study, led by researchers at the University of Calgary and University of… Continue reading Is Cardio or Strength Training Better for Obese Kids?

The Fools on the Treadmills…

A word or two on cardio For what seems like a million years, we’ve been told that “cardio” will make us lean and healthy. Doctors told us our cardiovascular health depended on it. Pop-culture magazines touted “walk the weight off” programs that were easy-peasy. Steady state, low-impact, low-intensity cardio was what we all needed to… Continue reading The Fools on the Treadmills…

Friday Happy Hour With Eric Chessen!

On this Friday Happy Hour episode of the Four Pillar Fitness podcast, I’m joined by my good friend and co-conspirator in seeing the weirdness in the world, Eric Chessen. Eric is the founder and Kommisar of Autism Fitness. He’s passionate about bringing sound fitness principles and frequent fitness opportunity to the Autism Spectrum community. He’s… Continue reading Friday Happy Hour With Eric Chessen!

Common Household Cleaners May Damage Kids’ Gut Microbia, Effect Obesity

Years ago, my wife and I became customers of a company called Melaleuca. At the time, we were interested in reducing our exposure to common chemicals, since my wife had just been diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. Melaleuca shared information with customers and potential customers about the ingredients in and risks of using most common… Continue reading Common Household Cleaners May Damage Kids’ Gut Microbia, Effect Obesity