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…