by Amy Reiter in Food News, August 19, 2016
by Amy Reiter in Food News, July 29, 2016
Department of Advance Planning
Spontaneity has its charms, but if you want to make better food choices, you may want to plan ahead. When people experienced a delay between the time they ordered their food and the time they intended to eat it, they consistently made healthier, lower-calorie choices. And they generally weren’t even aware they were doing so, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have found. Eric M. VanEpps, who led the research, said it’s not just that people are less hungry when they order in advance and therefore order less; it’s also due to their “bias toward the present,” he said. “If a decision is going to be implemented immediately, we just care about the immediate consequences, and we discount the long-term costs and benefits,” he told The New York Times. “In the case of food, we care about what’s happening right now — like how tasty it is — but discount the long-term costs of an unhealthy meal.” However, when you order a meal ahead of time, he said, “you’re more evenly weighing the short-term and the long-term costs and benefits. You still care about the taste, but you’re more able to exert self control.”
by Amy Reiter in Food News, February 12, 2016
Is the American government underwriting your weakness for junk food? A new study appears to confirm what health advocates have been saying for a while: that federally subsidized crops — corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, sorghum, milk and meat — are key ingredients in the foods that account for the most calories in the American diet, fueling the U.S. obesity crisis. At the very top of that list, The New York Times reports, are “grain-based desserts like cookies, doughnuts and granola bars.” Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that people who consumed the most federally subsidized foods were 37 percent more likely to be obese, the Times notes, and were “significantly more likely to have belly fat, abnormal cholesterol, and high levels of blood sugar and CRP, a marker of inflammation.” The study’s authors say they hope their findings help policy makers re-examine how they allocate subsidies. Read more
by Toby Amidor in Food News, September 11, 2012
Organic may be a good deal
If you pay the premium for pricey organic food when you shop for groceries, you may wonder if it’s worth it. A review study just published online in the journal Nature Plants has concluded that when it comes to sustainability — as measured by “productivity, environmental impact, economic viability and social wellbeing” — organic food is definitely worthwhile. Read more
by Toby Amidor in Healthy Tips, November 2, 2011
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.
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.
by Toby Amidor in Ask the Experts, Back to School, September 3, 2010
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.
by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Tips, February 26, 2010
- 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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by Toby Amidor in Back to School, Food News, August 21, 2009
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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by Toby Amidor in Food News, July 10, 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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by Toby Amidor in Food News, March 18, 2009
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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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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