“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 January 5-12 2014!”
Can the Obesity Epidemic be Reversed — Or Does Obesity Represent a New Stage of Human Evolution – In a recent op-ed piece in the Washington Post, Deborah Cohen argues, I think correctly, that the obesity epidemic is explained by changes in the cost and availability of food over the past 50 years and in a shift toward high-fat, high-sugar foods and increased portion sizes. She points out that today Americans consume on average 500 more calories per day than they did in the late 1970s. Learn More.
$1.7 Million Grant Aims to Reduce Obesity, Chronic Disease in Kentucky – The commonwealth has received a $1.7 million federal grant to help Kentuckians reduce the most serious risk factors leading to obesity and chronic disease, Gov. Steve Beshear announced today. The funding will be used to promote improved physical activity and nutrition, reduce obesity and prevent and control diabetes, heart disease and stroke with a focus on high blood pressure. Learn More.
Parents May Want to Limit Electronic Media at Mealtime – Parents who let their teens use electronic devices or watch TV during family meals tend to serve less nutritious food and have poorer family communication, a new study suggests. Learn More.
General Mills Begins Selling Cheerios without Genetically-Modified Ingredients – General Mills Inc said it has stopped using genetically modified ingredients in the popular breakfast cereal Cheerios as the U.S. branded foods manufacturer hopes the move will firm up customer loyalty in the face of growing opposition to such additives. Learn More.
Teen Eating Disorders May Impact Weight Later [Study] – Young teens who binge eat and those who are fearful of weight gain may be more likely to become overweight later in adolescence, according to a new study from the United Kingdom. Learn More.
Obesity on the Rise in the Developing World – The number of overweight and obese people has tripled in developing nations over the past 30 years, according to a new worldwide health study. Learn More.
Now in Office Vending Machines: Calorie Counts – Starting January 1, vending machines across the nation are required to present calorie information for products sold. This is a small part of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) that deals with nutrition. Learn More.
Food Scientists Manipulate Fresh Produce – Researchers are using the same methods that they’ve used with junk food to give fresh produce ‘crave-ability.’ Learn More.
USDA Draft Environmental Impact Statement Approves Dow’s 2,4-D-Resistant GMO Crops – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), released last Friday, essentially gives approval to the marketing, sale and planting of new varieties of corn and soybeans that have been genetically modified to be resistant to 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D). Learn More.
Let Them Eat Sandwiches: USDA Eases School Lunch Restrictions – After the the school lunch program was overhauled in 2012 to curb childhood obesity, lots of kids began complaining that lunches were too skimpy. Why? Because in some cases, schools had to limit healthy foods — such as sandwiches served on whole-grain bread or salads topped with grilled chicken — due to restrictions the U.S. Department of Agriculture set on the amount of grains and protein that could be served at meal-time. 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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