3 strategies to reduce childhood obesity- 1)sugar-sweetened beverage excise tax, 2) elimination of the tax subsidy for advertising unhealthy food to children and 3)nutrition standards for food and beverages sold in schools outside of meals-would save more in health care costs than the cost to implement them according to a recent study.
The 2015 Snack FACTS report by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut shows an increase in the number of television advertisements for unhealthy snacks in the past 5 years, despite food companies’ promises to market healthier products to children.
Removing added sugars from a child's diet improved blood pressure, cholesterol readings and other markers of health after just 10 days.
Study finds that large chain restaurants that list the calorie counts on their menus offer more lower-calorie choices than those that don't provide calorie counts.
A brief history of the "obesity epidemic".
A Healthy Body Often Equals a Healthy Brain Experts report that people can build up their “brain reserve”—or the brain’s ability to combat the effects of aging—through various lifestyle changes including a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Virtual Reality Simulations Offer Potential for Breakthrough in Preventive Care Researchers find that virtual reality simulations that exhibit the physical impact of drinking soda is more impactful and prompts behavior change more than pamphlets or other types of videos.
Doctor’s Weight Affects Obesity Diagnoses A recent study shows that overweight doctors are less likely than other physicians to diagnose patients as obese. Many do not feel competent enough to offer advice on diet and exercise.
Parental support may protect young women against obesity According to this study, emotional and moral support from mothers helped reduce the risk of obesity in their daughters twelve years later. Maternal support had a larger impact than socioeconomic status and family structure on daughters’ weight.
Greater Risks for Pregnant Moms with Obesity Doctors urge obese women to lose weight before conceiving, citing risks of gestational diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression.
Could programmed gut bacteria be the key to suppressing appetite? Scientists are working on creating gut bacteria that could act as an internal appetite suppressant. However, it may be a long time before it will be available for human use.
Study shows that a Los Angeles ban on fast food did little to combat obesity. However, small retail stores with quick, calorie heavy treats may have a greater effect on people’s food buying habits.
A recent study finds that oxytocin nasal spray may reduce food intake and insulin sensitivity. The study, which was conducted on a small group of men, had promising results.
Depression is linked to lower dietary quality and higher BMI. A new study suggests that mental health interventions may have broad benefits for residents living in food deserts and experiencing depression.
Children who are heavy television viewers are likely to carry the habit into adulthood. In addition, frequent viewers in childhood are more likely to report “fair” or “poor” health and to be overweight or obese as adults.
Obesity may raise women’s cancer risk by 40%. According to a British study, obese women have a one in four risk of developing weight-related cancers, such as cancers of the bowel, uterus, pancreas, and esophagus.
Consider holistic approaches to children’s nutrition for better overall health. The American Academy of Pediatrics says it is best to focus on a whole diet pattern, rather than focusing on reducing or eliminating specific nutrients like salt or sugar.