Tag: obesity

Convenience, Not Cost, Causes Weight Gain

by in Food News, September 11, 2012

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When I heard the results of this recent study, I wasn’t too surprised. For years, I’ve been privately counseling folks who fall both above and below the poverty line. I’ve seen the patterns and am glad there is now statistical data to prove it. Cost has always been blamed for poor eating habits, but it’s the middle class folks who are most obese. They’re spending their hard earned money on fast food and other convenience cuisine.

The Stats
Findings for the 2005-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) found:

  • Thirty million (or 41%) of obese adults have an income at or above 250% of the poverty level and over 28 million (39%) of obese adults have incomes between 130%-350% of the poverty level while fifteen million adults (20%) of obese adults have an income below 130% of the poverty level.
  • For men, there was no significant difference between education level and the prevalence of obesity. For women, however, the prevalence of obesity increased as education level decreased.
  • Middle income folks eat at fast food joints most often while 80% of those with a low income cook at home at least 5 times a week.

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America’s Worst Eating Habits

by in Healthy Tips, November 2, 2011

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Don’t you wish there were 25 hours in a day so you can get more of your “to do” list done? This is the mentality of many Americans as they rush to balance work and home life. As a result, we end up having terrible eating habits by shoving food down our throats without taking time to enjoy it. Here are some of the worst eating habits we see every day.

#1: Eating in front of a screen
How many times do you try to get your work done during your lunch hour and eat in front of your computer? You end up mindlessly eating and not even realizing how much you ate. This tends to cause folks to overeat. Even worse, these eating habits are mimicked by our kids. Think about it, do your kids like to eat in front of the TV at night or while they are doing homework?

Solve it: Walk away from the screen, clear your mind and enjoy your food.

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Talking To The Experts: Child Nutrition Guru Melissa Halas-Liang

by in Ask the Experts, Back to School, September 3, 2010
Melissa Liang and her "Super Crew"
Melissa Halas-Liang and her "Super Crew"

In the back-to-school spirit, we’re talking to kid-focused nutrition expert and creator of the nutrition-promoting animated “Super Crew®” Melissa Halas-Liang. She gets down and dirty about childhood obesity, the Child Nutrition Bill and common misconceptions parents have about feeding their kids.

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Talking to the Experts: Dr. David Katz

by in Healthy Tips, February 26, 2010

Dr. Katz
The rate of childhood obesity has more than tripled over the past 30 years. Now, a growing number of young children have Type II diabetes and heart disease, too. Those are scary statistics — especially to Dr. David Katz, who has spent his career researching children’s nutrition. The director and co-founder of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center, Katz has kids’ heart disease, diabetes and their primary cause, obesity, in his cross hairs.

Here, he shares thoughts on this growing threat to our kids and even his favorite heart-healthy burger recipe.

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Reading List: Better School Lunches, "Normal" Food Allergies & Overcoming Picky Palates

by in Back to School, Food News, August 21, 2009

From this week’s nutrition headlines: it’s all about the kids — more info on how parents are contributing to the obesity epidemic, raising children with more eclectic tastes and a disturbing new video game that stars “Fat Princess.”

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In the News: The Fattest States, New Gluten-Free Products & More Milk Benefits

by in Food News, July 10, 2009

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From this week’s headlines: Ranking America’s heaviest states, one group warns against eating hot dogs, General Mills has a new line of gluten-free goods and word is that drinking milk may help you eat less.

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Is A Virus To Blame For Obesity?

by in Food News, March 18, 2009

Since 1980, the rate of obesity has tripled in North America. This jaw-dropping statistic has scientists scrambling for answers to the cause of this epidemic. A new study says perhaps a common cold virus is to blame, but is it really?

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