The Mediterranean diet strikes gold again. A new study found that women who ate a diet high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and olive oil, and low in dairy products and meat, had longer telomeres. Telomeres, simply put, are biomarkers of aging. The Mediterranean diet can do no wrong!
Some health care providers have discovered a simple idea to deal with the complex problem of obesity... "prescribe" fruits and vegetables.
What is the Food and Drug Administration doing these days to combat obesity? It is requiring chain restaurants, movie theaters and pizza parlors across the country to post calorie counts on menus. You may want to start bringing your own popcorn to the movies!
Have major beverage manufacturers made any improvements in recent years in the products they develop and advertise to young children? Check out the latest report from the Rudd Center Sugary drink marketing to youth: some progress but much room to improve for a comprehensive look into how, if at all, the sugary drink nutrition and marketing landscape has changed.
Recent study suggests adverse metabolic effects with any increase in BMI among young adults within the non-obese weight range. However, modest weight loss was accompanied by multiple favorable changes in the systemic metabolite profile.
We all need our sleep – children and adults alike! One study correlates insufficient sleep and sleep-disordered breathing in children as risk factor for childhood obesity.
A mother's health, before and during pregnancy, can affect her child's weight. Read more here.
Congress disapproves of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee looking at environmental aspects of diet. Click here to read more.
Bigger serving dishes can cause children to consume more food. The authors of this study – read it here – conclude that bigger bowls cause kids to request nearly twice as much food, leading to increased intake as well as higher food waste. Just like with adults, decreasing the size of plates and bowls may be an easy way to prevent over-consumption.
High body mass index (BMI) and large waist linked to hearing loss in women. A new study has found that even after controlling for age, smoking, diabetes, hypertension, etc., that higher body mass index was correlated with a greater risk for hearing loss. A similar increased risk was associated with a larger waist circumference. A lead author suggests one possible explanation could be that obesity might compromise blood flow to the inner ear. Read more about this interesting discovery here.
The healthiest diets cost just $1.50 more than unhealthy diets. A team from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) conducted a meta-analysis of 27 studies that compared price points for healthy and less healthy diets. In general, healthier options like fruits, vegetables and fish are more expensive than unhealthy and processed foods but the overall net difference of swapping unhealthy food choices for healthier ones added up to $1.50 more per day. To read more about these findings, click here.
Institute of Medicine (IOM) releases Creating Equal Opportunities for a Healthy Weight - Workshop Summary. To download the report, click here.American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Cardiology (ACC) and The Obesity Society (TOS) Release New Obesity Treatment Guidelines The AHA, ACC and TOS have collaborated to publish clinical practice guidelines on comprehensive treatment recommendations to help healthcare providers tailor weight loss treatments to adult patients affected by overweight or obesity. The evidence- based recommendations come from a systematic evidence review that summarizes the current literature on the risks of obesity and the benefits of weight loss. Click here for The Obesity Society press release.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Supports the Sesame Workshop and the Produce Marketing Association collaboration with the Let’s Move! Campaign. AND supports any effort to minimize food marketing of unhealthy foods to children and commends First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative which has recently focused on identifying solutions for improving marketing to kids to encourage healthier food consumption. This new deal intends to help promote fresh fruit and vegetable consumption to kids. Click here to read more about the AND press release.
The FDA proposes to eliminate trans-fat completely by retracting the GRAS (generally recognized as safe) claim. This major public health advancement will greatly improve the cardiac health of our general population. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/08/health/fda-trans-fats.html?emc=edit_na_20131107&_r=0