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  • Why a Burger King Whopper contains LESS calories than a restaurant salad…

    01/30/2014 4:35:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 52 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:10 EST, 30 January 2014 | (Daily Mail Reporter)
    For those watching their weight, choosing a restaurant salad over a fast food burger may not be the wisest idea. A restaurant meal that includes an appetizer, salad entrée and one side can contain an average of 1,494 calories, compared to a greasy McDonald’s Big Mac Extra Value Meal that will set you back 1,130 calories, according to the Journal of Nutrition, Education and Behavior. […] A Burger King Whopper with cheese, for example, has 710 calories. Comparatively, an Applebee’s Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad contains 800 calories and an Applebee’s Cheeseburger will set you back 940 calories. Similarly, Chipotle’s Chicken...
  • Food Police Will Soon Hit Businesses with Pointless Regulations

    11/22/2013 10:47:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Center for Individual Freedom ^ | November 20, 2013 | Drew Johnson
    A. Barton Hinkle, a Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist and Reason magazine contributor, wrote a fascinating and chilling column this week about the Food and Drug Administration expensive and burdensome new menu labeling scheme. The regulations will “dictate the disclosure of calorie counts for foods sold in restaurants, grocery stores, delis, bakeries, coffee shops, and even gas stations,” according to Hinkle. And those businesses will pay a hefty price to comply with the policy. The federal government figures the rules will “cost more than $1 billion and require more than 14.5 million hours of labor to meet.” The calorie posting regulations, which...
  • 13 Nutrition Lies That Made The World Sick And Fat (how gov't manipulates what you eat)

    11/09/2013 6:15:06 AM PST · by NYer · 72 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 4, 2013
    Nutrition is full of all kinds of nonsense. The worst examples are listed here, but unfortunately this is just the tip of the iceberg. Here are the top 13 nutrition lies that have made the world both sick and fat. Eggs are so incredibly nutritious that they’re often called “nature’s multivitamin.”The nutrients in them are enough to turn a single cell into an entire baby chicken.However, eggs have been demonized in the past because they contain a large amount of cholesterol, which was believed to increase the risk of heart disease.But the truth is that despite being high in cholesterol,...
  • What Really Makes Us Fat

    05/27/2013 2:35:55 PM PDT · by Altariel · 145 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 30, 2012 | Gary Taubes
    A CALORIE is a calorie. This truism has been the foundation of nutritional wisdom and our beliefs about obesity since the 1960s. What it means is that a calorie of protein will generate the same energy when metabolized in a living organism as a calorie of fat or carbohydrate. When talking about obesity or why we get fat, evoking the phrase “a calorie is a calorie” is almost invariably used to imply that what we eat is relatively unimportant. We get fat because we take in more calories than we expend; we get lean if we do the opposite. Anyone...
  • Support Early Childhood Education: Smoke More Cigarettes

    04/13/2013 12:09:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 13, 2013 | Chad Stafko
    The Obama budget is finally out and there are, to no surprise, a potpourri of new tax hikes proposed, many of which are aimed at the "wealthy" among us. Deep within the bowels of the colossal budget, however, lies a proposed tax that targets the poor among us and it is perhaps a precursor of other health-related taxes to come. President Obama proposes raising the tax on cigarettes from $1.01 to $1.95 per pack--a whopping 93% increase in taxes. The White House estimates that the tax would raise $78.1 billion, of which around $66 billion would be used to fund...
  • Have We Been Miscounting Calories?

    02/27/2013 2:42:55 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 19 February 2013 | Ann Gibbons
    Enlarge Image Counting calories. Our bodies may take more energy to process the carbohydrates in garbanzo beans than in cereal, which suggests all carbohydrate calories are not alike. Credit: iStockphoto/Thinkstock BOSTON—When it comes to weight loss, a calorie is a calorie is a calorie. That's been the mantra of nutritionists, dietitians, and food regulators in the United States and Europe for more than a century. But when it comes to comparing raw food with cooked food, or beans with breakfast cereals, that thinking may be incorrect. That was the consensus of a panel of researchers who listed the many...
  • Obama gut-busting inauguration lunch menu tops 3,000 calories

    01/21/2013 12:04:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 01/21/2013 | Stephen Dinan
    The ceremonial lunch President Obama and his former congressional colleagues are eating Monday tops out at 3,000 calories, according to a website that has tallied up the luxurious menu of lobster, bison and apple pie. HealthyFoodRecipe.net posted the full menu, complete with its calorie count, and said it was “unsatisfactory” to see such an unhealthy spread, given first lady Michelle Obama’s push for healthier eating. She has come under fire for the high-calorie counts of some of the state dinners she’s hosted at the White House, but other nutritionists have given her a pass, saying indulging on special occasions is...
  • Senator Hoeven Convinces Feds To Withdraw Calorie Limits From School Lunches

    12/09/2012 4:48:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    SayAnythingBlog.com ^ | December 8, 2012 | Rob Port
    I’m pretty critical of Senator John Hoeven at times, but he deserves credit for going to bat against federal overreach on school lunches. New federal guidelines that, among others things, limited calories in school lunches rankled parents and school administrators across the nation. It was a one-size-fits-all policy for a nation full of students who have very different nutritional needs.Now, thanks to the work of Senator Hoeven (who teamed up with Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor), the calorie restriction is no more, though just for the 2012-2013 school year. So it’s a temporary reprieve, for now. From a press release sent...
  • GOP sees food fight as kids trash USDA fruit, vegetable guidelines

    10/20/2012 4:46:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 19, 2012 | Pete Kasperowicz
    House Republicans say new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines aimed at forcing students to eat fruits and vegetables are a failure because students across the country are simply tossing the healthy fare into the trash. "[T]here remains great concern with the amount of food waste generated at school cafeterias, much of it brought on by requiring students to take fruits and vegetables rather than simply offer them," Reps. John Kline (R-Minn.), Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) told USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack in a letter sent Thursday. "This is a waste of federal, state and local funds and...
  • Malia and Sasha Obama Will Eat Well at Sidwell Friends (No Moochelle calorie limitation for them...)

    10/05/2012 3:11:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 36 replies
    Washington City Paper ^ | 11/24/08 | Tim Carman
    Malia and Sasha Obama Will Eat Well at Sidwell FriendsPosted by Tim Carman on Nov. 24, 2008 at 5:54 pm **SNIP** The post got me to looking at the Sidwell Friends' online menus, which look like Nora Pouillon put them together. I mean, look at some of these dishes: "Fennel & Arugula w/ Parmesan," " Organic Pear & Gorgonzola Salad," " All Natural Curried Chicken Salad," and "Pumpkin Bread." Hell, I remember when french fries were considered exotic on junior high cafeteria menus. But I must say, I think I spot a mini-trend among gourmets and budding gourmets in the...
  • Nation’s children push back against Michelle Obama-backed school lunch regs

    09/23/2012 7:12:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 174 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | September 22, 2012 | Caroline May
    Children and parents across the country are fed up with the restrictive new school meal regulations implemented by the Department of Agriculture under the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010,” which has long been touted by first lady Michelle Obama. The standards — which cap meal calories at 650 for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, at 700 calories for middle school students and 850 for high school students — also dictate the number of breads, proteins, vegetables and fruits children are allowed per meal. A spokeswoman for Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King, who earlier this month introduced legislation to...
  • McDonald's new menu item: Calorie counts [follows Supreme Ct. ruling upholding ObamaCare]

    09/12/2012 9:35:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 12, 2012
    McDonald's restaurants across the country will soon get a new menu addition: The number of calories in the chain's burgers and fries. The world's biggest hamburger chain said Wednesday that it will post calorie information on restaurant and drive-thru menus nationwide starting Monday. The move comes ahead of a regulation that could require major chains to post the information as early as next year. "We want to voluntarily do this," said Jan Fields, president of McDonald's USA. "We believe it will help educate customers." In cities such as New York and Philadelphia where posting calorie information is already required, however,...
  • The Hidden Truths about Calories

    09/01/2012 1:06:03 AM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Scientific American, ^ | August 27, 2012 | Rob Dunn
    Odds are you sometimes think about calories. They are among the most often counted things in the universe. When the calorie was originally conceived it was in the context of human work. More calories meant more capacity for work, more chemical fire with which to get the job done, coal in the human stove. Fat, it has been estimated, has nine calories per gram, whereas carbohydrates and proteins have just four; fiber is sometimes counted separately and gets awarded a piddling two. Every box of every food you have ever bought is labeled based on these estimates; too bad then...
  • 6 Terrifying Theme Park Foods (according to the Yahoo healthy eating guy)

    05/19/2011 10:51:21 PM PDT · by DemforBush · 26 replies
    Yahoo Health ^ | 5/19/11 | David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding
    The freak show, haunted house, and Skull-Crushing Terror Drop of Impending Death—all child's play. Mere cheap thrills. If you want to see something truly frightening at your local amusement park, swing by the concession stand. On the menu: artery-clogging fatty foods and belt-busting confections...
  • 5 Worst Drive-Thru Foods(suggestions for Dinner)

    04/13/2011 7:19:05 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 60 replies
    Yahoo "Health" ^ | Apr 08, 2011 | By David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding
    How much time did you spend in your car last week? Ten hours? Fifteen maybe? Wow, that sounds like a lot. But it's still probably an underestimate: As it turns out, the average American now spends 21 hours per week stuck inside a mobile metal box.
  • FDA Sets Rules for Vending Machine Calorie Info

    04/01/2011 5:07:12 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies
    FDA Sets Rules for Vending Machine Calorie Info By Emily P. Walker, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today Published: April 01, 2011 Click here to provide feedback WASHINGTON -- Chain restaurants, vending machines, and convenience stores would all have to prominently display the calorie counts of their foods under two proposed rules released by the FDA Friday. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandated that vending machines and food establishments with 20 or more locations -- which includes fast-food restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, and certain grocery and convenience stores -- display the calorie counts of their food items. The new rules would implement...
  • The Newest Obesity Epidemic

    02/25/2011 1:03:32 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    GetLiberty.org (Americans for Limited Government) ^ | February 25, 2011 | Rebekah Rast
    America’s first lady is hell bent on fighting the obesity epidemic. For now it is focused on the nation’s children. She has interfered in school lunch and snack programs, and has even gotten one of the largest companies in the world, Wal-Mart, to comply with her plea to sell foods with less sugar and salt. In a Daily Caller op-ed, Orit Sklar, spokeswoman for My food. My Choice! wrote, “Now, one of the largest companies in the world is the vehicle through which all American food and health policy will flow. As Wal-Mart begins to institute the five-year plan, aimed...
  • Sorry, Michelle—Super Bowl Menu Isn't Lo-Cal

    02/06/2011 8:26:48 PM PST · by Suvroc10 · 34 replies
    National Journal ^ | February 6, 2011 | Staff
    So much for first lady Michelle Obama’s healthy eating crusade. Sunday's Super Bowl menu at the White House includes bratwurst, kielbasa, cheeseburgers, deep-dish pizza, and buffalo wings. There will also be twice-baked potatoes, chips and dip, and ice cream. Green salad is available, but why bother when German potato salad is on the buffet?
  • Worst (Restaurant) Foods in America, 2010

    12/13/2010 3:32:50 PM PST · by DemforBush · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo Health ^ | 12/10/10 | David Zinczenko
    When we published our first edition of Eat This, Not That: Worst Foods in America back in 2007, we made a lot of restaurant chains very unhappy. But we also made a lot of their attorneys really, really happy, as they soon began earning massive legal fees sending us saber-rattling correspondences on behalf of the food marketers they represented. As 2010 draws to a close, it's time for another walk down the Hall of Restaurant Shame...
  • Menus still calorie-laden despite new laws: group

    05/26/2010 12:15:34 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 76 replies · 1,054+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 25, 2010 | David Storey
    Laws requiring U.S. restaurant chains to list calorie counts have not stopped them from offering unhealthy meals that pack in calories, fat and salt, a group that encourages healthy food said on Tuesday. A pancake breakfast providing 1,380 calories, a single-serve pizza that packs two days' worth of sodium and a pasta dish swimming in four day's worth of fat top a list published by the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). The group, which "outs" the calorie, fat and sodium counts of America's favorite foods every year, said it looked for evidence that restaurants are trimming back...
  • Here Comes The Food Police

    03/23/2010 9:35:26 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 18 replies · 577+ views
    TalkingSides.com ^ | 03/23/10 | CaroleL
    It takes a while for human beings to read and report on 2500 pages of twisted legislative language so details of the brand new health care reform law are being reported on in bits and pieces. Today, as President Obama and his accomplices were congratulating themselves on the signing of this monstrosity, news reports are informing us that to comply with the law, more than 200,000 fast food and other chain restaurants will have to include calorie counts on menus, menu boards and even drive-throughs.
  • Calorie lists on menus do affect diner's choices

    12/23/2009 11:15:19 PM PST · by Tamar1973 · 30 replies · 842+ views
    Beyond Koreanfornian Cooking ^ | December 23, 2009 | Tamar1973
    USA Today reported the results of a study by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, published in the American Journal of Public Health. The Yale University study divided diners into three groups. • One was given menus with the calories listed for the dinner entrees. • Another group was given menus that cited the calories plus a reference number that showed the recommended daily caloric intake for the average adult: about 2,000. • A third group had menus with no calories listed.
  • Iced coffees 'a meal in a drink' (contain as many calories as a hot dinner)

    07/26/2009 7:15:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies · 385+ views
    BBC News ^ | 7/26/2009
    Some iced coffees being sold on the high street contain as many calories as a hot dinner, a cancer charity warns. The chief offender had 561 calories, others contained more than 450, and the majority had in excess of 200. It is the combination of sugar, full-fat milk and cream which appear to push some of the cool coffees into the upper echelons of the calorie scale. The World Cancer Research Fund, which identified the drinks' calories, noted healthier versions were available. The "venti" or largest version of Starbucks' Dark Berry Mocha Frappuchino - a limited offer for the summer...
  • Misleading Menus? (Video: Your World)

    07/08/2009 6:53:58 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 4 replies · 318+ views
    Fox News (Your Word) ^ | 07-08-09 | Fox News
    Restaurants underestimating calories? View article...
  • Calorie Credits

    05/28/2009 4:51:23 PM PDT · by NorseWood · 4 replies · 307+ views
    May 28, 2009 | NorseWood
    I am heavily concerned about an expanding social phenomenon that is rolling across our country. We are faced with a national crisis that demands the focus and commitment of every citizen of our country. Trying to cover up the issue, or just ignoring it, will only inflate the problem. Although there have been countless studies, reports, and broadcast hours dedicated to the problem, I have finally been able to digest the issue and have just been able to get my arms around the solution. Lying awake late at night pondering this issue, I realized the answer. It came to me...
  • Menu labeling bill introduced by U.S. lawmakers (Harkin, DeLauro)

    05/19/2009 12:06:36 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 48 replies · 1,137+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 16, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
    Two federal lawmakers have introduced legislation to require fast-food and other chain restaurants to post calories on menu boards and food display tags. The chains also would have to put information about calories, fats, carbohydrates and salt on printed menus. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) on Thursday introduced the Menu Education and Labeling Act, called the MEAL Act for short. They said it would help consumers make more informed choices about the nutritional content of the food they are ordering. The bill has the support of many consumer and health groups and emulates legislation signed by...
  • The 4489 Calorie, 1.66 lb Burger

    03/25/2009 7:41:12 AM PDT · by Scythian · 68 replies · 2,244+ views
    The West Michigan Whitecaps recently unveiled their new stadium menu and gloating at the top of it is the 4489 Calorie "Fifth Third Burger." This 1.66 pound piece of gastrointestinal wunder, named after team sponsor 5/3 Bank, costs $20 and feeds 1-4 people. If you eat it by yourself and finish it in one sitting, you get a free 5/3 tshirt. Said the team's marketing director, "It's something fun that people can understand."
  • Calif. requires restaurant chains to post calories

    09/30/2008 1:03:48 PM PDT · by SmithL · 28 replies · 489+ views
    Sacramento, CA (AP) -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed legislation making California the first state to require restaurant chains to reveal how many calories are in their standard menu items.
  • All U.S. Adults Could Be Overweight in 40 Years (Reuters)

    08/06/2008 7:18:37 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 56 replies · 228+ views
    Reuters News ^ | 8 August 2008 | Reuters HEALTH
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health)-If the trends of the past three decades continue, it's possible that every American adult could be overweight 40 years from now, a government-funded study projects. The figure might sound alarming, or impossible, but researchers say that even if the actual rate never reaches the 100-percent mark, any upward movement is worrying; two-thirds of the population is already overweight....
  • New Yorkers try to swallow calorie sticker shock

    08/03/2008 8:25:52 AM PDT · by mngran2 · 119 replies · 1,418+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 7/16/08 | Roni Caryn Rabin
    New Yorkers have been in the throes of sticker shock since this spring when the Big Apple became the first city in the country to implement a law forcing chain restaurants to post the calorie count of each food in the same size and font as the price. Restaurants have not exhausted their legal challenges, but the city will start fining violators up to $2,000 beginning Friday, say officials with the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. While some sit-down chains and fast-food eateries are waiting until the last minute, coffee shops like Starbucks — home of the 470...
  • Obese blamed for the world's ills

    05/16/2008 9:29:21 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 100 replies · 219+ views
    BBC News ^ | May 16, 2008 | BBC News
    Obese people are contributing to the world food crisis and climate change, experts say. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine calculated the obese consume 18% more calories than average. They are also responsible for using more fuel, which has an environmental impact and drives up food prices as transport and agriculture both use oil. The result is that the poor struggle to afford food and greenhouse gas emissions rise, the Lancet reported. It comes as the World Health Organization predicts the obese population will double by 2015 to 700m. In the UK, nearly a quarter of adults are...
  • NYC's calories-on-menus law upheld

    04/16/2008 10:52:44 AM PDT · by SmithL · 31 replies · 109+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/16/8 | COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press Writer
    New York (AP) -- A federal judge on Wednesday upheld a city regulation requiring calories to be posted on the menu boards of some chain restaurants, calling the rule a reasonable approach to health officials' goal of reducing obesity. The judge turned back a challenge from the New York State Restaurant Association, a voice for the food service industry. "It seems reasonable to expect that some consumers will use the information disclosed ... to select lower calorie meals ... and these choices will lead to a lower incidence of obesity," U.S. District Judge Richard Holwell said. New York City's Department...
  • Consumers shun nutrition info for recycling instructions

    02/22/2008 9:05:09 AM PST · by Tamar1973 · 117+ views
    Beverage Daily ^ | 20 Feb 2008 | Jess Halliday
    The consultancy conducted an online survey amongst 1,000 consumers aged 16 years and over. Eighty-four percent of respondents said they now look at recycling details. For 84 per cent this is just as important as fat content. For 80 per cent it is more important than salt info, for 79 per cent more important than sugar info, and for 70 per cent more important than calorie content. The findings are pertinent at the present time as the nutrient content of food is a hot topic across Europe, since the European Commission published its proposal for new labelling legislation at the...
  • Artificial sweetener tied to weight gain

    02/10/2008 9:22:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 110 replies · 2,101+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | February 11, 2008 | Reuters
    USING an artificial, no-calorie sweetener rather than sugar may make it tougher, not easier, to lose weight, US researchers said today. Scientists at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, studied rats that were fed food with the artificial sweetener saccharin and rats fed food with glucose, a natural sugar. In comparison to rats given yogurt sweetened with glucose, those that ate yogurt sweetened with saccharin went on to consume more calories and put on more weight and body fat. The researchers said sweet foods may prompt the body to get ready to take in a lot of calories, but when...
  • Chains refuse to put calories on menus

    06/26/2007 12:17:48 PM PDT · by libertarianPA · 66 replies · 1,330+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 6/26/07 | DAVID B. CARUSO
    NEW YORK - Don't expect to see the calorie count for Burger King's Double Whopper with cheese on the menu anytime soon. Burger King, McDonald's and Wendy's are among the chains planning to defy New York City's new rule that they begin posting calories on menus Sunday. Other big fast food eateries like Taco Bell and KFC aren't saying whether they will comply, but with just days to go until the deadline, the menu boards in their Big Apple restaurants remain unchanged. All are hoping a New York Restaurant Association lawsuit in federal court will get the new regulation thrown...
  • LAUGH WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND LOSE WEIGHT

    06/19/2007 11:35:04 PM PDT · by gpapa · 3 replies · 186+ views
    MSN.com ^ | Not Dated | Victoria Wesseler
    Every once in a while I run across a bit of information that sounds just too good to be true. When I heard that a group of researchers from Vanderbilt University’s Department of Medicine announced that laughing caused people to burn extra calories, I just had to investigate it. I wondered if there could be at least a kernel of truth in their study, which hinted that laughter might be a way to lose weight. After all, studies have shown that laughter, which has been said for years to be good medicine, can enhance the immune system, reduce stress, and...
  • Poll: Overweight America does read labels (~80% look for fat,calories,salt but buy it anyway)

    07/02/2006 5:25:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 259+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/2/06 | Libby Quaid - ap
    WASHINGTON - Oh, the irony. A nation full of overweight people is also full of label readers. Nearly 80 percent of Americans insist they check the labels on food at the grocery store. They scan the little charts like careful dieters, looking for no-nos such as fat and calories and sugars. Yet even when the label practically screams, "Don't do it!" people drop the package into the cart anyway. At least that is what 44 percent of people admitted in a recent AP-Ipsos poll. So attentive, yet so overweight. Two-thirds of people in the United States weigh too much. Why,...
  • Hotlines: Coke's Calorie-Burning Enviga Slated for 2006 Debut

    07/28/2005 8:39:25 PM PDT · by kingattax · 30 replies · 4,888+ views
    NEW YORK- Coca-Cola is planning to launch Enviga, a soda that is said to burn 50 to 100 calories just by drinking a 12-oz. serving, next year, per one executive. Enviga, a green tea-based, caffeinated, carbonated drink, is in clinical testing and is said to speed up the user's metabolism. The beverage will target active lifestyle consumers. A Coke rep said, "Some [of our projects] may find their way to market and some may not." Studies have shown that drinking green tea may promote weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories
  • Health costs of obesity exceed smoking and drinking

    06/05/2005 6:14:01 PM PDT · by SheLion · 82 replies · 3,123+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 6-5-05 | Patricia Reaney
    ATHENS (Reuters) - Treating obesity-related disorders costs as much or more than illnesses caused by aging, smoking and problem drinking.  It accounts for 2 percent of the national health expenditure in France and Australia, more than 3 percent in Japan and Portugal and 4 percent in the Netherlands. A review of research into the economic causes and consequences of obesity presented at the 14th European Congress on Obesity showed that in 2003 up to $96.7 billion was spent on obesity problems in the United States. "An increase in the prevalence of obesity increases the healthcare costs," Anne Wolf of the...
  • Michael Moore in Conclave, running for Pope

    04/18/2005 2:38:28 PM PDT · by Registered · 17 replies · 1,339+ views
    RegisteredMedia ^ | 04.18.05 | Registered
  • (Sorry, Texans) Humorous Japan TV Report on HOUSTON Being "Obesity" Capital of USA (Streaming Video)

    01/14/2005 8:36:18 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 31 replies · 1,857+ views
    Japanese TV (FNN) ran a short report yesterday, highlighting the fact that Houston, Texas was voted as the US city with the most obese population.The report runs about one minute. It does not seem to be particularly flattering of poor Houston, nor overweight people living there (some which are profiled by telephoto lens). The way the clip is done is interesting, if not somewhat humorous, and from a Japanese perspective of rare obesity (but wait 'til it comes to cigarette smoking).At any rate, a short peek of how 'some' Americans are viewed and described, from overseas.
  • Food Running Low Aboard Space Station (crewmen have been instructed to cut back on calories)

    12/09/2004 4:04:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies · 596+ views
    The Ledger .com ^ | 12/09/04 | MARCIA DUNN
    Food Running Low Aboard Space Station Published Thursday, December 9, 2004 By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. Food is running so low aboard the international space station that the two crewmen have been instructed to cut back on calories, at least until a Russian supply ship arrives in a little over two weeks, NASA said Thursday. If anything goes wrong with the Christmas Day delivery, the space agency will have no choice, given the grounding of its shuttle fleet, but to abandon the station and bring the men home in early January. This cargo ship "is very...
  • Research surprise: Low-carb dieters eat more calories and still lose weight (ATkins vindicated)

    10/13/2003 1:58:10 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 44 replies · 1,166+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Oct. 13, 2003 | DANIEL Q. HANEY
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - The dietary establishment has long argued it's impossible, but a new study offers intriguing evidence for the idea that people on low-carbohydrate diets can actually eat more than those on standard lowfat plans and still lose weight. Perhaps no idea is more controversial in the diet world than the contention — long espoused by the late Dr. Robert Atkins — that people on low-carbohydrate diets can consume more calories without paying a price on the scales. Over the past year, several small studies have shown, to many experts' surprise, that the Atkins approach actually does work...
  • The real skinny: Dieting's a bunch of baloney

    07/25/2003 2:32:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 106 replies · 519+ views
    Atlanta Journal Consitituion ^ | July 20 2003 | SANDY SZWARC
    <p>Some foods are so dangerously delicious that we must be protected from them and from ourselves -- or so the thinking goes among certain trial lawyers, legislators, special-interest groups and the Health and Human Services secretary.</p> <p>These dietary watchdogs blame the obesity epidemic on fattening foods and the restaurants and food makers who tempt us with them. Fast-food restaurants especially must be stopped because they prey upon the poor and uneducated, duping them into ordering their greasy burgers and fries.</p>
  • U.S. Study Explores Why Eating Less Extends Life

    11/28/2002 11:00:31 PM PST · by eldoradude · 7 replies · 274+ views
    Reuters ^ | Nov 28, 2:11 pm ET | Lisa Richwine
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As Americans feasted on plates of Thanksgiving turkey Thursday, U.S. scientists reported they have made progress in understanding how eating less leads to longer life. Studies in yeast, rodents and other organisms have found that drastically cutting calories extends life span, and researchers are striving to find out how that happens. The hope is that human drugs may be developed to mimic that effect, without having to eat less. In a report in Friday's edition of the journal Science, researchers said studies with fruit flies, which have many genes similar to mammals, showed that an enzyme called...