Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Some good news: childhood obesity declines in low-income children–a bit

Some good news: childhood obesity declines in low-income children–a bit: The CDC and USDA are collaborating to track the prevalence of obesity in children ages 2 – 4 who participate in the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). In a n…

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

McDonald’s joins the food movement???

McDonald’s joins the food movement???: McDonald’s ran a full-page ad in yesterday’s New York Times: “At McDonald’s we’re on a journey: What’s important to you is important to us.” The ad says Mc…

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Check out who funded this study of kids’ lunches in Brazil

Check out who funded this study of kids’ lunches in Brazil: Brazilian researchers have published a study clearly aimed at countering Brazil’s dietary guidelines, which the authors say, include advice to “avoid fast food.” The study, which …

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

No, butter is not back (eat in moderation, please)

No, butter is not back (eat in moderation, please): I like butter as much as you do—and definitely more than margarine—but Time Magazine took it to an extreme with its cover story last year on how scientists (they are so dumb) got it wro…

Selling Veggies

Selling Veggies

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

My Time Magazine op-ed: We are still confused about calories

My Time Magazine op-ed: We are still confused about calories: While I was in Israel last week, Time Magazine published an op-ed it had invited me to write.  Here it is. Even in ‘healthy’ foods, calories can tick up fast Nutrition professor that I …

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Today’s big news: the Philadelphia soda tax vote

Today’s big news: the Philadelphia soda tax vote: The Philadelphia city council votes sometime today on whether to pass a soda tax, with most—but not all—of the revenues targeted to pre-kindergarten education.  I’m getting on an …

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

BeverageDaily.com on functional drinks

BeverageDaily.com on functional drinks: The Beverage Daily newsletter always has something interesting from its business perspective.  Its June 3 mailing was a special edition—a collection of its articles—about “functio…

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Prevalence of Obesity in the United States, 2011-2012

Prevalence of Obesity in the United States, 2011-2012: Ogden and coauthors provide the most recent national estimates of childhood obesity, including prevalence and trends, as well as detailed obesity trend analyses among adults.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Guest blog for Scientific American: the new food label

Guest blog for Scientific American: the new food label: Guest Blog The FDA’s new rules for food labeling are finally here The changes are a step toward better health and less obesity, especially in children By Marion Nestle on May 24, 2016 The FDA…

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Fructose alters hundreds of brain genes, which can lead to a wide range of diseases: Scientists report that diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can reverse the damage

Fructose alters hundreds of brain genes, which can lead to a wide range of diseases: Scientists report that diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids can reverse the damage: Consuming fructose, a sugar that's common in the Western diet, alters hundreds of genes that may be linked to many diseases, life scientists report. However, they discovered good news as well: an important omega-3 fatty acid known as DHA seems to reverse the harmful changes produced by fructose.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Healthy? Natural? It’s up to the FDA.

Healthy? Natural? It’s up to the FDA.: The terms “healthy” and “natural” help to sell food products.  They are about marketing, not health. This makes life difficult for the FDA, which has the unenviable job of d…

Diet Soda Is Probably Not What’s Causing Childhood Obesity

Diet Soda Is Probably Not What’s Causing Childhood Obesity

Prenatal Artificially Sweetened Beverage Intake and Infant Weight Gain

Prenatal Artificially Sweetened Beverage Intake and Infant Weight Gain: In adults and children, artificial sweeteners, also known as nonnutritive sweeteners, may increase the risk of obesity and metabolic disorders. Much research on nonnutritive sweeteners has focused on artificially sweetened beverages (ASBs) for several reasons: their consumption has increased over...

Prenatal Sweetened Beverage Consumption and Infant Body Mass Index

Prenatal Sweetened Beverage Consumption and Infant Body Mass Index: This cohort study aims to determine whether maternal consumption of artificially sweetened beverages during pregnancy is associated with infant body mass index.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Big Ag forces firing of long-time Farm News cartoonist

Big Ag forces firing of long-time Farm News cartoonist: I love cartoons (witness Eat, Drink, Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Food Politics) and was appalled when I read this tweet: Here’s the offending cartoon: In a Facebook post the cartoonist, Ric…

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

How much is the soda industry spending to defeat public health?

How much is the soda industry spending to defeat public health?: Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Mike Newall says the beverage industry is spending a lot of money (“flowing like a Big Gulp”) to defeat the City Council’s soda tax initiative&#8212…

Monday, April 25, 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Berkeley vs. Big Soda: The Video

Berkeley vs. Big Soda: The Video: Watch the Ecology Center’s video: Berkeley vs. Big Soda, and learn how Berkeley voters won a soda tax. The blurb says “This tells the story of how a community stood up for children&#821…

The Guardian: my thoughts on food companies’ taking out the negatives

The Guardian: my thoughts on food companies’ taking out the negatives: Here’s my piece from The Guardian, April 2, 2016. No amount of ‘free from’ labelling will make processed food good for you Campbell’s is phasing BPA out of its cans. That, and GMO…

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Issue Brief on use of branded characters to market to kids

Issue Brief on use of branded characters to market to kids: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has a new Issue Brief on food companies’ use of branded characters to market to kids.  Here’s what it’s talking about: These, RWJ says, work bet…

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Peanuts, peanut butter may hold key to preventing obesity

Peanuts, peanut butter may hold key to preventing obesity: A study conducted by a team of researchers, including those from the University of Houston Department of Health and Human Performance, found middle school children at risk for being overweight or obese reduced their Body Mass Index by eating a snack of peanuts, compared to those children who did not.

The Peanut Butter Cure for Obesity? Not Exactly

The Peanut Butter Cure for Obesity? Not Exactly

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Children's food: Vitamins in sugary food 'misdirect' consumers

Children's food: Vitamins in sugary food 'misdirect' consumers

Children's Food Campaign calls for tighter controls on food for kids

Children's Food Campaign calls for tighter controls on food for kids

Healthy NPD should be the starting point for kids' food

Healthy NPD should be the starting point for kids' food

Mobile app aims to help children pick healthy, portion-controlled food

Mobile app aims to help children pick healthy, portion-controlled food

True Drinks strikes budget-friendly balance between marketing AquaBall to kids and parents

True Drinks strikes budget-friendly balance between marketing AquaBall to kids and parents

8 healthy food trends to watch in 2016 that could influence children’s eating

8 healthy food trends to watch in 2016 that could influence children’s eating

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Sending Your Kid to Camp With Diabetes - Diabetes Self-Management

Sending Your Kid to Camp With Diabetes - Diabetes Self-Management

Doing Your Camp Homework - Diabetes Self-Management

Doing Your Camp Homework - Diabetes Self-Management

When Your Teen Just Quits: Diabetes and the Teenage Years - Diabetes Self-Management

When Your Teen Just Quits: Diabetes and the Teenage Years - Diabetes Self-Management

Helping Young Children Succeed With Diabetes Care - Diabetes Self-Management

Helping Young Children Succeed With Diabetes Care - Diabetes Self-Management

Be Aware of Hypoglycemia Unawareness - Diabetes Self-Management

Be Aware of Hypoglycemia Unawareness - Diabetes Self-Management

Resources for Parents And Teens - Diabetes Self-Management

Resources for Parents And Teens - Diabetes Self-Management

Resolving Parent-Teen Conflicts - Diabetes Self-Management

Resolving Parent-Teen Conflicts - Diabetes Self-Management

Tips and Tools for Insulin Pump Use - Diabetes Self-Management

Tips and Tools for Insulin Pump Use - Diabetes Self-Management

Top 10 Tips for Better Blood Glucose Control - Diabetes Self-Management

Top 10 Tips for Better Blood Glucose Control - Diabetes Self-Management