Junk Food News...
Fast Food Nation in Theaters
The Fast Food Nation Film will be in theaters November 17. Click on the link above for details.
Healthy Guidelines That Make Sense
Hannaford Supermarkets introduce the Star System, a consumer guide to healthy foods. Click here to learn more.
KFC Cuts Trans Fat
Under threat of a lawsuit, Kentucky Fried Chicken agrees to stop using trans-fad-laden partially hydrogenated oils for deep-frying.
What is the Cost of Obesity?
Marion Nestle on The National School Lunch Act
Disney Curbs Marketing of Junk Food with Mickey Mouse and Co.
More States To Support The USDA's Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Program
The USDA Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Program is currently successfully
operating in 14 states. Providing children with fresh fruit and vegetable snacks during the school day has been proven to be a model for increasing children's consumption of healthy fruits and vegetables, decreasing their purchase of soda, chips and candy.
To support this effort click on the link above.
Banning Soda in Schools (Not Really)
The nation's largest beverage distributors have agreed to halt nearly all soda sales to public schools. The companies have agreed to sell only water, unsweetened juices, and low-fat milk in elementary and middle schools. Diet sodas would be sold only in high schools.
Read More About The Soda Industry Deal
Center for Informed Food Choices
Center for Science in the Public Interest
10 Things To Do About Childhood Obesity
Read Eleanor Randolph’s informative article in the New York Times.
Schools Contribute to Childhood Obesity
A recent University of Minnesota study found that students who attended schools that allowed certain food practices tended to have, on average, a higher body mass index (BMI). BMI is the ratio of height to weight health providers use to determine if someone is overweight. The study looked at seven practices, such as whether the school allowed students to eat or drink in the classroom or hallway, whether teachers and school staff used food as a reward or incentive for students, and whether food was used in school and classroom fund-raising.
After surveying more than 3,000 children at 16 urban and suburban middle schools in the Twin Cities metro area, the researchers found an average 10% increase in BMI for each additional food practice that was allowed. All seven practices were widespread, which collectively gave some students the opportunity to eat and drink throughout the school day.
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Sugary Drinks Cause Weight Gain in Children
According to recent research, led by Cara B. Ebbeling of Children's Hospital in Boston, Mass., a group of teenagers who stopped drinking sweetened beverages for 25 weeks had significant reductions in their body mass indexes at the end of the 25 weeks. Their overall consumption of high-calorie drinks was reduced by about 80 percent during the 25 weeks. The researchers acknowledge that there is little proof that drinks sweetened with sugar or corn syrup play a major role in obesity compared with other foods. But the study says that as the obesity rate among young people has gone up, so has their consumption of the drinks, which are heavily advertised.
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Food Marketing to Children and Youth: Threat or Opportunity?
According to an Institute of Medicine report, “Approximately half of all commercials during children’s television programming consists of branded foods and beverages that are disproportionately high in salt, high in calories (e.g., high fat, high sugar), and low in essential nutrients (IOM, 2005)--primarily sweetened cereals, candies and snacks, carbonated soft drinks and sweetened beverages, and fast food. Additionally, companies use advertising and other marketing techniques that associate these specific foods with fun and pleasurable experiences.”
Read the report
Obesity Continues to Worsen in the U.S., Poll Indicates
According to a Harris poll, the proportion of adults aged 25 years and older who are overweight increased to 83% this year, up from its highest previous measure of 80% in 2002 and 2003. The proportion of Americans who are at least 20% overweight also jumped this year, to 39%, from 30% in 2005.