Family Structure Impacts Obesity Risk in Children

Thursday, August 27th, 1 p.m.

OU research details how parents and siblings affect behaviors that can lead to obesity

The family structure in which a child is raised is significantly associated with behaviors that put him or her at risk for obesity, according to a study by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Childhood obesity is a growing issue in the United States. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show that obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Despite this, few studies have examined the relationship between family structure, environment and behaviors linked to obesity, said principal investigator Susan Sisson, Ph.D., an assistant professor of behavioral nutrition in the OU College of Allied Health.

“Before the study we did not know if one size fit all, but we now know some kids are at a higher risk for obesity-promoting behaviors because the risk is not equally distributed among all the family structures,” Sisson said.

OU Medicine Live Chat: Health Issues Men Don’t Like to Talk About


Friday, August 29th at 10 a.m.

Most women would tell you that it’s difficult to get the men in their lives to see a doctor. So it is perhaps not surprising that there are certain health issues that men really don’t like to talk about.

OU Medicine Live Chat: Primary Care: Your Health Care Quarterback

primary care

Friday, August 22nd at 10 a.m.

A primary care doctor can not only treat your temporary ills and ailments, but also serve as a health care quarterback, helping you catch problems early and assisting with a game plan to better avoid serious health challenges.

Brain Surgery Leads to Freedom from Seizures

Monday, August 25th, 2014

More than 300-thousand children in the U-S suffer from epilepsy. For some of them, seizures are a terrifying part of everyday life limiting them mentally, physically and socially. 

OU Medicine Live Chat: Health Issues Women Don't Like to Talk About

women's health issues

Friday, August 15th, 10 a.m.

Let’s face it, no matter how progressive we have become, no one wants to sit around and chat with their friends about….well….urinary incontinence or other problems in that general vicinity.

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