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Please click the links below to see a sample of news coverage of the work being done by the Pediatric Obesity and Health Behavior Laboratory.

Pennington Biomedical Research Center Press Releases



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Pennington Biomedical Research Center Press Releases

Below are press releases from PBRC that details work being done in the Pediatric Obesity and Health Behavior Lab


November 30, 2023

More Than $13M Awarded to Study Childhood Obesity Interventions in Rural and Minority Communities in Louisiana and Tennessee

Pennington Biomedical Research Center





May 3, 2024

Pennington Biomedical is Bringing Scientists Back Home to Louisiana



February 29, 2024

Remote Height and Weight Measurements for Children Proven as Accurate as In-Person

Medical Xpress


February 15, 2024

Height and Weight Can Be Accurately Measured Remotely for Children with Obesity



February 19, 2024

LSU School of Kinesiology's Senlin Chen Receives NIH Grant to Prevent Adolescent Obesity





December 31, 2023

2024 The Face of Pediatric Research

Baton Rouge Parents


December 13, 2023

Poor Diet Quality During Adolescence Is Linked to Serious Health Risks

A podcast episode associated with this press release can be listened to here

Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior


November 30, 2023

Pennington Receives Nearly $14 Million to Study Childhood Obesity in Rural and Minority Areas



October 31, 2023

Bariatric Surgery at 16: If Childhood Obesity is an 'Epidemic,' How Far Should Doctors Go to Treat It?

The New York Times Magazine


September 12, 2023

Turning the Tide on Childhood Obesity

ACE Fitness


July 2023

The Epidemic of Childhood Obesity and What to Do About It

US Healthcare Journals


May 24, 2023

Nowhere Safe to Play: 'Play Deserts' Keep Kids from Fun Physical Activity



April 26, 2023

Pennington Biomedical Research Center: Helping families and doctors fight childhood obesity

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report


March 21, 2023

Built environment strongest predicator of adolescent obesity, related health behaviors



January 26, 2023

Amanda Staiano Discusses New Guidelines on Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Obesity, Sponsored by Pennington Biomedial Research Center



January 12, 2023

Doc to Doc: A conversation with Dr. Amanda Staiano on the state of treating child obesity

NBC Universal


January 11, 2023

American Academy of Pediatrics issues new guidelines in the treatment of childhood obesity

Louisiana Radio Network


January 9, 2023

Pennington Biomedical's Amanda Staiano Served as Co-Author on New American Academy of Pediatrics Obesity Guideline





November 10, 2022

Weight loss drug, approved for adults, shows promise in kids



Sept 24, 2022

Southwest Virginia, including Danville and Pittsylvania County, shows high obesity rates in children

Danville Register & Bee


July 25, 2022

Obesity rates continue to climb among U.S. kids, teens


Altmetrics Page


July 21, 2022

How mentorship impacted three Baton Rouge leaders' careers

Greater Baton Rouge Business Report


June 29, 2022

App helps parents improve their preschoolers motor skills in minutes a day



June 22, 2022

Mornings with Brian Haldane: Dr. Amanda Staiano

Talk 107.3 FM


June 7, 2022

App Boosts Preschoolers' Motor Skills



June 7, 2022

LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center says apps help kides get a jump on motor skills

Louisiana Radio Network


May 4, 2022

Obesity may be affecting heart health in kids as young as 6





November 19, 2021

Pandemic curbed kids' efforts to lose excess weight



September 22, 2021

Guest column: Obese children will suffer in life unles we take action to help their futures

The Advocate

Ken Singletary of the Pediatric Obesity & Health Behavior Lab competes in American Ninja Warrior.


May 28, 2021

'American Ninja Warrior' is back, and 2 local guys will try to win the $1 million prize

The Advocate


May 26, 2021

Program helps overweight children form healthy habits to lose weight and keep it off

WWL New Orleans


May 5, 2021

Pandemic poses health risk to moms of preschoolers





Oct 6, 2020

Experts are worried about covid-19's effect on childhood obesity. Here’s what we can do.

The Washington Post




Aug 10, 2019

What is it like to be poor? Woman's Hospital hopes to develop empathy with simulation workshops

The Advocate


















July 20, 2019

Pennington study first to show that video games with virtual fitness coach improves health in children with obesity


June 15, 2019

Do you have Xbox, Wii or PlayStation?  See how to use your weight-loss games (translation from Portuguese via Google Translate)

24 Horas News (Brazil)

June 15, 2019

Do you have Xbox, Wii or PlayStation?  See how to use your weight-loss games (translation from Portuguese via Google Translate)

FA Noticias.   

January 25, 2019

Movement video games boost preschoolers' exercise




September 12, 2018

Get Your (Exer)game on to Make Screen Time More Active

American Heart Association

July 31, 2018

Overweight kids can slim down using video games


July 27, 2018

Dr. Amanda Staiano on Fitness Friday

Clarence Buggs Show, Talk107.3FM

July 24, 2018

2 Your Health: Videogames and fitness - Game Squad


July 23, 2018

Nuovo rimedio contro sovrappeso e obesità giovanile: i videogiochi

Digital Day (Italy)

July 21, 2018

LSU research shows increased health benefits for children through fitness video games

Louisiana Radio Network

July 21, 2018

Turns out, video games can help improve the health in obese children

Economic Times

July 20, 2018

Pediatricians should prescribe dance games to fight obesity: Kids who play Nintendo Wii three times a week reduce their BMI by 3% in 6 months, study finds

Daily Mail

July 20, 2018

New study shows certain video games can improve health in children with obesity

Science Daily

July 20, 2018

Exergaming can improve health in overweight and obese children, study shows

News Medical Life Sciences

June 27, 2018

New study offers free weight-loss treatment, counseling for La. Children


June 27, 2018

Pennington lands $4.5 million in funding as part of childhood obesity study

The Advocate

June 27, 2018

The LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center has been approved a five-year $4.5 million grant to evaluate two treatment options for children with obesity.

The Times-Picayune

June 15, 2018

America Leading World Obesity Rates

Wisconsin Public Radio

April 25, 2018

Bringing Scientists Back Home To Louisiana

Good Heath is Good Business

March 5, 2018

Researchers: "What motivates kids to make healthy choices?"




September 17, 2017

Community Concerns Podcast

Eagle 98.1

July 20, 2017

Four bestowed with Father of the Year Awards by Diabetes Association and Father's Day Council

The Times-Picayune

June 21, 2017

Discovering Opportunities for Change: Creating a 24/7 Plan for Your Child’s Health


June 15, 2017

America Leading World Obesity Rates (Interview begins begins at 21:55)

Wisconsin Public Radio

May 31, 2017

New study shows major connection between exercise, sleep, and limited screen time with lower obesity risk in children

The diaTribe Foundation

May 23, 2017

TV time, physical activity, sleep duration associated with childhood BMI, body fat

Helio: Endocrine Today

May 22, 2017

More physical activity and less TV time linked with lower BMI and body fat in children


May 21, 2017

Pennington researchers look into key question: How do we keep kids and teens active?

The Advocate

May 19, 2017

Study reveals meeting guidelines on TV time, physical activity and sleep duration lower BMI and body fat in children


March 20, 2017

Pennington Biomedical – TIGER Kids Research Study


March 13, 2017

Pennington Biomedical Research Center Conducting Study to Combat Childhood Obesity

Clip 1 - 5:00 AM Segment

Clip 2 - 5:30 AM Segment

Clip 3 - 6:00 AM Segment

Clip 4 - 6:30 AM Segment

Clip 5 - 7:00 AM Segment


March 13, 2017

LSU Study Seeks to Lower Rate of Childhood Obesity

Louisiana Radio Network

March 2, 2017

Stress and Weight Gain

Clarence Buggs Show, Talk107.3FM

February 25, 2017

Study Connects Stress with Weight Gain

Louisiana Radio Network

January 11, 2017

TIGER Kids. A New Study from Pennington to Get to the Causes of Inactivity and Obesity in Kids from 10 to 16.


January 7, 2017

Pennington Biomedical Researching Seeking to Recruit Kids for TIGER Kids Study


January 3, 2017

The Mission to Help Kids Move More

Red Stick Moms Blog



December 1, 2016

Healthline: Obesity Report Card


November 9th, 2016

The Ballot Battle Against Obesity


November 3rd, 2016

The Biggest Cause of Our Kids’ Weight Gain


November 2nd, 2016

Children at Greater Risk of Unhealthy Weight Gain During Summer Holidays, Study Shows

October 25th, 2016

Niños y Sobrepeso: lo que de verdad funciona.

El Mercurio

Interview by Sofía Beuchat.

September 20, 2016

Activity Trackers Fall Short in Weight-loss Trial

Science News

July 20, 2016

The New Generation of Diabetics


July 17, 2016

Can Pokémon Go encourage exercise? Scientific Research Will Find Out, Experts Say

The Advocate

May 24, 2016

Healthline: Reducing Screen Time


April 19, 2016
Study: Kids More Likely to Eat Veggies after Seeing Others Eating Healthy on TV

Louisiana Public Radio Network

April 17, 2016
Monkey See, Monkey Do? Pennington Research Suggests Children Eat Better If They Watch Children Eat Better

The New Orleans Advocate

April 16, 2016
How video games may be able to reduce childhood obesity

WRVO Public Media

April 1, 2016
How You Can Get Your Children to Eat Vegetables

The Advocate

March 17, 2016

The Obesity Society's Pediatric Obesity Section Member Spotlight
Interview by Ansleigh Thibodeaux

March 6, 2016

LSU alumni, employees speak in TEDxLSU event
The Daily Reville

March 3, 2016

Could playing video games help kids lose weight, gain confidence?

CBS News

February 23, 2016

SLU and LSU Join Together to Assist Children in Living a Healthier Lifestyle
The Lion's Roar

February 5, 2016

Childhood Obesity
LSU Research Works



November 23, 2015

Can Video Games Help Youngsters Lose Weight?
The Advocate

November 6, 2015

St. Charles Community Health Center Working on Childhood Obesity Program that Could Go National, Center Partnering with Pennington Biomedical Research Center
St. Charles Herald Guide

October 21, 2015

WBRZ Channel 2

June 10, 2015

Early Career Researchers Honored by LA CaTS Center
Louisiana Clinical & Translational Science Center

June 10, 2015

Pennington/SLU Partner to Provide Training to College Students on Overweight Children
Louisiana Radio Network

June 1, 2015

Poll Shows Louisiana Has Third Highest Obesity Rate in the Nation
Louisiana Radio Network

May 29, 2015

Baton Rouge's Ranking as America's Fattest City
Talk 107.3 with Bill Profita and Kevin Gallagher

May 19, 2015

Healthline: "Kid's menu" Makeover

May 5, 2015

Healthy Children's Menu Items Tied to Healthier Ordering Patterns
Talk 107.3 with Bill Profita and Kevin Gallagher

April 28, 2015

Healthy Children's Menu Items Tied to Healthier Ordering Patterns and Sustained Restaurant Revenue
Global Newswire

April 27, 2015

Diet vs. Exercise for Weight Loss
Talk 107.3 with Bill Profita and Kevin Gallagher

April 9, 2015

Preventing Obesity One Exergame at a Time

March 1, 2015

Signature: Dr. Amanda Staiano
225 Magazine

February 26, 2015

Pennington's Kid-Focused Clinic Finds Fun Way to Tackle the Obesity Trend
InRegister Magazine

February 7, 2015

Our Views: A Toolkit for Health
The New Orleans Advocate

February 4, 2015

Pennington Biomedical Takes Aim at Childhood Obesity

January 30, 2015

Pennington Biomedical Launches Child Obesity Reduction Plan

The Washington Times

January 29, 2015

Pennington Launches New Tool to Fight Childhood Obesity
NBC 33 and FOX Baton Rouge

January 29, 2015

New Tools Could Help in the Fight against Childhood Obesity
WAFB Channel 9 Baton Rouge

January 19, 2015

Childhood Obesity Research at Pennington Biomedical
Community Concerns with Scotty Drake



December 1 , 2014

Feds Requiring New Food Labels for Restaurants
Talk 107.3 with Bill Profita and Kevin Gallagher

November 25 , 2014

Coming Soon to Chain Restaurants, Calorie Information on Menus. What Is the FDA Trying to Accomplish?
WJBO 1150 with Kevin Meeks and Karen Henderson

October 1, 2014

New Treatments Needed for Obesity
BiotechNOW - Innovations Transforming Our World

August 26, 2014

Today's Parents Less Able to Spot Obesity in Their Kids

U.S. News & World Report, Los Angeles Times

August 15, 2014

Turn on the TV! Dance Away Childhood Obesity

Ivanhoe Web

August 14, 2014

Smart Woman: Exergaming Grows in Popularity

July 30, 2014

Childhood Obesity: Is It Being Taken Seriously?

Medical News Today

July 23, 2014

Pediatric Obesity Team Members Partner with Walking Behavior Lab, Demonstrate Pedal and Treadmill Desks for News Affiliates

WBRZ, Fox44, NBC33

July 1, 2014

Camp Quest Gives Kids Exposure to Science, Math Fields

May 18, 2014
PANTHER Project: Physical Activity and Nutrition for Teen Health

WBRZ News 2

January 22, 2014

Governor Jindal and Pennington Biomedical Research Center Announce Childhood Obesity and Diabetes Research Program; Open New Pediatric Research Clinic


January 13, 2014

Klub Kinect Study to Look at Video Games and Health
WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana



December 2, 2013

New Study Looks at Weight in Teen Girls
WBRZ News Baton Rouge, Louisiana

September 16, 2013

Office Furniture Evolving to Offset Unhealthy Effects of Sitting Too Much
Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

April 26, 2013

Doctors Use Video Games to Fight Childhood Obesity
WBRZ News Baton Rouge, Louisiana



December 19, 2012

Pennington Study Links Television in Bedrooms to Childhood Obesity
The Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

December 11, 2012

Television in Kids' Rooms: Really a Bad Idea, Says Study
Los Angeles Times

December 11, 2012

TV in Bedrooms May Boost Kids' Risk of Fat, Disease
The Today Show and MSN (Top Featured Story for the Day)

November 9, 2012

Study says Obesity, Diabetes Risks Rise Sharply for Kids with TV in Bedroom
PR Buzz

October 30, 2012

Youngers Get Fit, Have Fun with Video Games
The Advocate, Tasmania, Australia

October 28, 2012

Call to Ban TV in Kids' Bedrooms
The Sydney Morning Herald and 175 additional media outlets in Australia



January 11, 2011

Wii in P.E.? If It Gets You Moving
The Washington Post


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