“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of November 10-17 2013!”
Abercrombie & Fitch, In Reversal of Exclusionary Policy, Now Selling Larger Sizes – Turns out that old adage, “All press is good press” has proven untrue, yet again. Following a media thrashing in the spring (some of that from me) for their proud refusal to sell clothing in larger sizes, especially for women, Abercrombie & Fitch has reversed that long-standing decision. Since shares in the company’s stock have lost about 30% of their value in 2013, it seems that the company is looking to expand their customer base beyond the “cool kids,” which were previously only minted in certain sizes, according to their CEO. Learn more.
Soft Drink and Sugar Consumption Can Negatively Impact Kidney Health, New Studies Reveal – Two recently published studies show the negative effects that soft drink and sugar consumption can have on kidney health. Learn more.
Research Shows Less Than One Percent of Fast Food Kids’ Meals are Healthy – Researchers from the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity recently analyzed the foods served by 18 fast food restaurant chains. They took into account every possible combination of menu items for a total of 5,427 meals. Out of the 12 restaurants that offered kid’s meals, 11 included a side dish, such as apples, bananas, corn and other fruits and vegetables, that the researchers considered healthy. Also, more than three-quarters of the restaurants offered healthy drink choices, generally milk, juice or bottled water. Learn more.
FDA Declares Trans Fats Not Safe in Foods for the First Time – According to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday decided that trans fats should not be considered safe for use in foods, a drastic change in policy that could lead to a ban on the artery-clogging ingredient. Learn more.
5 GMO-Free Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas – The food writer Michael Pollan once wrote, “Don’t eat anything your grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” Sadly, most of the food that now adorns Thanksgiving tables, particularly the dessert table, wouldn’t meet that basic requirement: pumpkin from cans, “whipped topping” that contains more genetically modified corn- and soy-based ingredients than actual cream, artificially dyed pie filling, high-fructose-corn-syrup (aka “pecan”) pie. Learn More.
Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!
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