Childhood asthma has made headlines in recent years because of an upward trend in the number of cases. That may have changed. A government study published in the journal Pediatrics, shows asthma rates may be leveling off or declining, but not for poor children. Researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics looked at asthma rates between 2001 and 2013 and found rates increased until 2009 when they plateaued. Then in 2013 rates began to decline except for children in poverty.

Are you motivated to lose weight? Is your weight-loss goal realistic? Answer these questions and more to make sure you're ready to start a weight-loss program - and know what steps to take if you aren't quite there.