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  • Federal dietary guidelines bring new nanny-state concerns

    04/14/2014 9:24:08 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 11, 2014 | Doug McKelway
    New federal dietary guidelines are due to come out next year, and critics say early drafts suggest they may represent a new nanny-state intrusion – calling for Internet-based "weigh-ins" and government text messages to overweight people meant to help them shed the pounds. Critics also fear the guidelines, which are subject to revision every five years, may go well beyond nutrition to address the planet’s health, too. At a March 14 meeting of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, committee member Miriam Nelson of Tufts University said: "The question that we're spending the most time on right now is really, what...
  • ObamaCare coming to vending machines, next to the chips and nuts

    04/11/2014 11:58:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    FOX News ^ | April 11, 2014 | Maggie Thurber (watchdog.org)
    Candy, chips and a helping of ObamaCare. It's already disrupted the health-care marketplace. Now, the Affordable Care Act is infiltrating vending machines. Yep, a provision in the Affordable Care Act requires vending machines to display the calorie content of all food items. The FDA finalized the regulations April 3. If you know the calorie content of an item, you might make a more healthy choice. Or so the thinking goes.
  • Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move!' takes over annual Easter Egg Roll --- again

    04/09/2014 7:50:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 8, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Exercise, and not colorful marshmallow Peeps, will be the focus of the 136th Annual White House Easter Egg Roll on April 21, the sixth year in a row that first lady Michelle Obama's fitness-first goal for kids has taken over the once sugar-filled event on the South Lawn.“The day's activities will encourage children to lead healthy, active lives in support of the first lady's Let's Move! initiative,” said the White House of their sixth roll, titled “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape.”In the past, administrations have given differing themes for the annual Easter Egg Roll. Former President George W. Bush,...
  • ‘Fat Texts’ and ‘Fart Regulation’ Coming to You from the Nanny State

    04/09/2014 7:40:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | April 8, 2014 | Common Constitutionalist
    Although it’s been going on for years, it seems lately there is an all-out assault by the nanny government to crack down on our liberties. Nowadays, when the people say no, our rulers just do the old end around, or sleight-of-hand. They cause us to concentrate on one thing while they regulate behind our backs. Lately it seems that even this tactic has changed and the Nanny State has begun to attack us from all sides. Take this global warming nonsense. With every passing year, the people are coming to realize what a hoax it has been. Every poll conducted...
  • Mortality risk from obesity is much higher than previously thought

    04/09/2014 7:31:55 PM PDT · by Armen Hareyan · 10 replies
    EmaxHealth ^ | 2014-04-09 | Dr. Harold Mandell
    There has been a growing awareness of the evolving obesity epidemic. It appears that more people than ever are overweight or obese. This problem seems to be primarily associated with poor diets and sedentary lifestyles. It has been known for awhile that being overweight or obese is associated with increased mortality. A new study shows that the mortality risks from such weight problems are worse than previously thought. It has been observed that the high prevalence of disease and associated weight loss which occurs at older ages decreases the validity of prospective cohort studies aimed at examining the association which...
  • White House pastry chef resigns: ‘I don’t want to demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs’

    03/18/2014 11:44:52 AM PDT · by don-o · 104 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 18, 2014 | Patrick Howley
    White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses is resigning after First Lady Michelle Obama fundamentally changed his job duties to focus on healthier food. Yosses is leaving the White House in June to work on a new project focusing on “food literacy” and The New York Times says Michelle is “partly to blame.” The openly gay chef was hired by Laura Bush in 2007 to make his trademark cookie plates and sugar sculptures. Mrs. Obama took over in 2009 and ordered Yosses to make healthier plates in smaller portions. Yosses began replacing butter with fruit puree and sugar with honey...
  • Michelle Obama’s “Success” In Reducing Childhood Obesity Never Happened

    03/19/2014 9:51:24 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | March 19, 2014 | Mark Horne
    If you were reading me in January, you might remember how shocked I was by a claim (one of many false claims) that President Barack Obama made in his state of the union speech. I wrote, “If The President Can Credit Michelle Obama With Lowering Childhood Obesity, Then He can Get Away With Anything.”
  • Gov't Spending $4.8M to Tell Students to 'Get Fruved'

    03/18/2014 11:57:40 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies
    Gov't Spending $4.8M to Tell Students to 'Get Fruved' March 17, 2014 - 9:13 AM By Eric Scheiner (CNSNews.com) - If a college student dressed up as a giant bunch of grapes jumped out of the shadows and told you to "get fruved," what could you possibly say? The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is getting more than $4.8 million taxpayer dollars to develop a healthy-eating campaign that has students -- dressed up as fruits and vegetables -- cavorting in the hallways of higher education. Getting "fruved" means you're eating your FRUits and VEgetables. Get it? The USDA’s National Institute of Food...
  • Cause of Obesity Exposed: You May See “Fat” But All I Can See is Racism. Everywhere.

    03/14/2014 7:00:59 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 8 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 11-14-2014 | MOTUS
    What if we’ve been wasting our time all these years? What if Lady M’s obsession with healthy eating: And her seemingly endless tireless appearances to promote Let’s Move!  in order to ensure No Child’s Fat Behind! were all just misguided efforts? What if little black girls grow up to be obese not because of what they eat or what physical exercise they do or don’t do? What if obesity isn’t related to healthy living at all, what if it’s actually caused by…racism? That’s right; racism. That’s how things are shaping up. You see, ever since Boston University got funding in...
  • Bitter study: Soda taxes don't cut obesity, drive people to other sugars

    03/13/2014 5:13:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 13, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    A new report funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation casts "serious doubt" on efforts by nanny state legislators to curb obesity through tax increases on sweet sodas and energy drinks, finding in some cases that people simply shift to other sweets — and gain weight."Our results cast serious doubt on the assumptions that proponents of large soda taxes make on its likely impacts on population weight," said the report from three health economic experts. "Together with evidence of important substitution patterns in response to soda taxes that offset any caloric reductions in soda consumption, our results suggest that fundamental...
  • Climate Extremists Will Help Write the New Food Nutrition Guidelines

    03/11/2014 8:41:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Independent Sentinel ^ | March 10, 2014 | Sara Noble
    There is no area of our lives over which the government will not seek control. Take the latest example. Obama is reaching far beyond publishing new food nutrition guidelines or insisting on calorie counts in fast food restaurants, he is intent on allowing global warming alarmists and other extremist groups to co-opt them as well. In an article entitled, “Obama administration pollutes guidelines for healthy eating with unhealthy ideologies,” published Sunday by the Washington Examiner, National Center Senior Fellow and Risk Analysis Division Director Jeff Stier says environmental activists within the U.S. government plan to change the nation’s dietary guidelines...
  • The Fattest States in America

    03/11/2014 10:58:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 03/11/2014 | By Thomas C. Frohlich, Alexander E.M. Hess, Vince Calio and Ashley C. Allen
    Many Americans consider obesity one of the nation’s most important health issues. Many also battle themselves with the problem every day. According to a recent report, 27.1% of all Americans were obese last year, up from 26.2% the year before. While many in the United States continue to struggle with their weight, the problem is more pronounced in the southeastern part of the country. Six of the 10 states with the highest obesity rates last year were located in that part of the country. Mississippi was the fattest state in America, with 35.4% of its residents considered obese. Based on...
  • America’s war on obesity is an assault on our liberty

    03/10/2014 1:22:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | March 7, 2014 | Christopher Caldwell
    Tolerance for regulation is growing even though we know little about its effectiveness. There is a glimmer of hope for the fat countries of the world – for Mexico, which has recently outstripped the US as the most overweight population in the Americas, and for Britain and Hungary, which vie for the title of Europe’s most obese nation. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows a steep drop in obesity among US toddlers. While a seventh (14 per cent) of children aged two to five had a very high body mass index a decade ago,...
  • World Health Organisation advises halving sugar intake

    03/06/2014 12:11:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | March 5, 2014 | Edward Malnick
    The daily allowance for a person's sugar intake should be halved to six teaspoons, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. Draft guidance published by the international body advises a dramatic reduction in sugar consumption to help avoid mounting health problems including obesity and tooth decay. The WHO is proposing to retain its current formal recommendation that no more than 10 per cent of an individual's calories should come from sugar – the equivalent of 12 "level" teaspoons a day for the average adult. However, its draft guidelines state that a further reduction to 5 per cent "would have additional...
  • Supersize Me

    02/27/2014 10:37:11 AM PST · by iowamark · 62 replies
    Pulse Magazine ^ | 22 November 2013 | Edward Thompson
    Donald is large. Very large. At more than 600 pounds, he is a mountain of flesh with a small opening at the top through which he speaks. "My stomach hurts," he says, his voice surprisingly high and childlike. It is 10:00 pm in the emergency room, and I am already swamped with patients I'm trying to move through the ER before my shift is over. Asked if he's ever felt this kind of pain before, Donald says, "No, never. At least, not like this." "Well, what'd you expect?" the unit secretary mutters, only half to herself. Donald is in his...
  • To keep away belly fat, choose your dietary fats carefully: study

    02/24/2014 5:03:25 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 17 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Feb. 24, 2014 | Relaxnews
    Researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden have performed the first study on humans that demonstrates how food's fat composition determines where fat will be stored in the body. Findings of the small, preliminary study suggest that polyunsaturated fat -- found in olive oil, nuts and seeds and oily fish-- seems to keep fat away from the abdomen and liver. Published in the American Diabetes Association journal Diabetes, the study focused on 39 young, healthy adult men and women, all of whom ate an extra 750 calories per day for seven weeks. Extra calories were consumed via high-fat muffins baked by...
  • Loneliness is deadlier than obesity among elderly people, warns study

    02/17/2014 8:51:58 PM PST · by Innovative · 31 replies
    Tech Times ^ | Feb 17, 2014 | Rhodilee Jean Dolor,
    Obesity comes with a number of life threatening risks. The condition, for instance, is linked to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and even cancer. However, loneliness is a more threatening killer than obesity, at least among elderly people. The researchers also found that extreme loneliness increases an older person's risks of early death by 14 percent which means that loneliness has a double the impact on early death as obesity. Cacioppo explained that chronic loneliness is associated with higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which raises risks of strokes and heart attacks. It is also linked with high blood pressure and...
  • Health groups call on fast-food to drop soda from kids' menu

    02/04/2014 6:13:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 3, 2014 | UPI
    Health organizations and U.S. nutrition experts say they are calling on fast-food restaurant chains to take sugary drinks off their children's menus. Margo G. Wootan, nutrition policy director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said McDonald's agreed to drop soda and sugary drinks from Happy Meal menus last year, and 100 U.S. and local health organizations along with nutritional experts said in a letter to Wendy's, Burger King and 21 other restaurant chains that they too should remove the items from their children's menus. Subway, Chipotle, Arby's and Panera already exclude sugary drinks from kids' meals. "With...
  • In rural Georgia, federal health insurance marketplace proves unaffordable to many

    02/03/2014 10:41:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Washington Post's Health & Science Section ^ | February 1, 2014 | Jordan Rau
    ALBANY, Ga. — If Lee Mullins lived in Pittsburgh, he could buy mid-level health coverage for his family for $940 a month. If he lived in Beverly Hills, he would pay $1,405. But Mullins, who builds custom swimming pools, lives in southwest Georgia. Here, a similar health plan for his family of four costs $2,654 a month. This largely agrarian pocket of Georgia, where peanuts and pecans are major crops and hunters bag alligators up to 10 feet long, is one of the most expensive places in the nation to buy health insurance through the new online marketplaces created by...
  • Lack of regulation of fast food fueling obesity epidemic, study says

    02/03/2014 11:14:39 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 3, 2014 | Reuters
    <p>Governments could slow or even reverse the growing obesity epidemic if they introduced more regulation into the global market for fast foods such as burgers, chips and fizzy drinks, researchers said on Monday.</p> <p>A study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested that if governments took firmer action, they could start to prevent people becoming overweight and obese - conditions with serious long-term consequences such as diabetes, heart diseases and cancer.</p>
  • If Obama Can Credit Michelle With Lowering Childhood Obesity, Then He can Get Away With Anything

    01/29/2014 11:15:40 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | January 29, 2014 | Mark Horne
    I know there were much more dangerous and important things said in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, but one relatively minor claim completely surprised and shocked me.But what I offer tonight is a set of concrete, practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class. Some require congressional action, and I'm eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still, and neither will I. (Applause.) So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families,...
  • Who is responsible for the rise in obesity?

    01/25/2014 8:05:47 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 99 replies
    EmaxHealth ^ | 2014-01-24 | Dr. Harold Mandell
    The catastrophic rise in obesity across the United States and worldwide has been making headlines. Obesity is associated with a myriad of physical and emotional problems which can be life threatening. It appears modern lifestyles with too much junk food and not enough exercise are largely to blame, and yet who is actually responsible for things going this far wherein the overall health of the entire human species is at risk from obesity? Researchers sought to determine who it is the public perceives of as being most responsible for the rise in obesity, reported the journal Appetite. The researchers also...
  • Laura Bush: Let’s talk about the ‘First Gentleman’s’ weight (Barbara goes off on fat people)

    01/18/2014 4:38:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    The Washington Post's The Reliable Source ^ | January 17, 2014 | Emily Heil
    <p>Laura Bush can’t wait to turn the tables on the first man to occupy the position she held as the spouse of a president. “Maybe we should be that way about the First Gentleman, also, and really critique the way they look all the time,” she said in an interview with C-SPAN, referring to the scrutiny so often heaped on first spouses — who have all been women....</p>
  • Nearly Half Hospitalized for Flu Are Obese

    01/12/2014 2:07:48 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Saturday, 11 Jan 2014 09:33 AM
    In previous years, the percentage of obese patients hospitalized for flu was in the 20-30 percent range, according to health authorities. Being overweight is a risk factor for having a less efficient immune system, which can make people vulnerable to infection. ... Most of the cases in the U.S. are the H1N1 flu strain, which caused a global pandemic during the 2009-2010 flu season.
  • Portion control -- how the government plans to dictate what's on your dinner table in 2014

    01/04/2014 7:49:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 3, 2014 | Baylen Linnekin
    Would you rather sip on unpasteurized milk or a cold glass of soda? Do you prefer Saturday lunch at a fast food joint or a farmers market? Regardless of your choices, your food freedom -- your right to grow, raise, produce, buy, sell, share, cook, eat, and drink the foods you want -- is under attack. Here are ten food freedom issues to keep an eye on in 2014. 1: FDA May Ban or Restrict a Growing Number of Food Ingredients. The FDA has proposed banning oils containing trans fats, an ingredient found in foods like coffee creamers and muffins....
  • Obesity report calls for government intervention

    01/04/2014 12:15:02 AM PST · by Innovative · 18 replies
    TV New Zealand ^ | Jan 4, 2014 | One News
    British researchers are calling for more intervention by governments in the fight against obesity, with a new study showing the problem is spreading further across the globe. The obesity report is calling for greater government intervention and co-operation, saying "politicians need to be less shy about trying to influence what food ends up on our plates". But government regulation proposals, such as the proposition to place a surcharge on unhealthy foods known as the 'fat tax', remain deeply unpopular with many people.
  • Social workers take children from families who overfeed them

    01/02/2014 9:36:07 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Express ^ | December 29, 2013 | Matthew Davis
    One child had a BMI measurement of 35, which for a six-foot man would mean weighing 19st. Britain's obesity epidemic, which sees NHS hospitals dealing with 1,000 cases every day, is a reversal of the traditional problem when children were undernourished. Increasingly social workers find youngsters being fed a high-fat, sugary diet, which can be just as bad for their health. The phenomenon is known as "killing with kindness" because the child craves the unhealthy food and a loving parent feels unable to say no. Professionals say they have to make complex decisions in care proceedings and a family's gross...
  • You Be the Judge: When Should Government Be Allowed to Take Your Children?

    12/31/2013 11:57:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    As part of my “You Be the Judge” series, I periodically share stories that presumably create moral quandaries for libertarians and other advocates of limited government and individual liberty. It’s not easy being libertarian! Though I’ve been lax in this regard since my last iteration in the series was about drug legalization back in April. Time to atone for this oversight. Today’s thorny topic deals with the reasons that government must provide before taking children from their parents. We had an example of this type of quandary earlier in the year, which actually resulted in parents fleeing to Cuba. Our...
  • Plus-size, double-chinned Barbie sparking controversial debate

    12/28/2013 8:20:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | December 28, 2013 | Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    A controversy is brewing over a request to remake Barbie in way contrary to the iconic image so many girls knew growing up. Plus-Size-Modeling.com is suggesting Mattel create a plus-size Barbie. While some say more realistic curves would be a better role model for girls, others say an overly large Barbie would be an unhealthy example. Plus Size Modeling conducted a poll on its Facebook page on Dec. 18 asking, “Should toy companies start making Plus Sized Barbie dolls?” In just under two weeks, a picture of the poll has received over 40,000 likes, 5,000 comments and 2,700 shares. “Sure,...
  • 'Pregorexia': Extreme dieting while pregnant

    11/30/2013 6:49:08 AM PST · by Morgana · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | Kelly Wallace
    (CNN) -- Mom-to-be Maggie Baumann knew she most definitely would not be "eating for two." She couldn't. During her first pregnancy, she was extremely preoccupied with just how many calories she consumed and stuck to a very strict exercise routine. "Getting on the scale at the doctor's office was very triggering for me," said Baumann of Newport Beach, California, who is now an eating disorders specialist and trauma therapist who devotes some of her practice to pregnant women and moms suffering from eating disorders. She gained 32 pounds during her first pregnancy, which is very much in line with the...
  • Fit mom Maria Kang banned from Facebook over obesity comments

    "The popular and unrelenting support received to those who are borderline obese (not just 30 to 40 lbs overweight) frustrates me as a fitness advocate who intimately understands how poor health negatively effects a family, a community and a nation," Kang wrote, according to News 10. According to Kang, her post was taken down within three hours of going viral. Facebook then shut down her account, saying her words constituted “hate speech.”
  • 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...
  • What Grain Is Doing To Your Brain

    11/21/2013 4:24:03 AM PST · by Renfield · 132 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11-14-2013 | Gary Drevitch
    It’s tempting to call David Perlmutter’s dietary advice radical. The neurologist and president of the Perlmutter Health Center in Naples, Fla., believes all carbs, including highly touted whole grains, are devastating to our brains. He claims we must make major changes in our eating habits as a society to ward off terrifying increases in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia rates. And yet Perlmutter argues that his recommendations are not radical at all. In fact, he says, his suggested menu adheres more closely to the way mankind has eaten for most of human history. What’s deviant, he insists, is our modern diet....
  • Donut Regulation as Serious as Syria?

    11/14/2013 12:06:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    GenFringe.com ^ | November 13, 2013 | Carly Hill
    We recently posted Julie Borowski’s video entitled, “Get the Government Off My Donuts.” Sure, it sounds silly and stupid in light of stories about the turmoil in Syria or the persecution in North Korea. Donuts…seriously? Who cares? How shallow is that! Well, despite Julie’s silly donut scarfing demonstration and the light-hearted title, the point of her video wasn’t actually about getting the government away from her donuts. It was about freedom. Nothing shallow about freedom.The FDA taking steps to ban transfats in food doesn’t seem important in light of what’s happening in places like Syria, but the root of Syria’s...
  • Doctors are told to get serious about obesity

    11/13/2013 7:49:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 13, 2013 4:01 PM EST | Mike Stobbe
    Next time you go for a checkup, don’t be surprised if your doctor gets on your case about your weight. The medical profession has issued new guidelines for fighting the nation’s obesity epidemic, and they urge physicians to be a lot more aggressive about helping patients drop those extra pounds. … The good news? By next year, most insurance companies are expected to cover counseling and other obesity treatments, following in the steps of the Medicare program, which began paying for one-on-one help last year. …
  • 'They're coming after your doughnuts,' warns Rand Paul

    11/12/2013 6:55:43 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 50 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/12/13 | Charlie Spiering
    "They're coming after your doughnuts!" the Kentucky Republican said, referring to the Food and Drug Administration decision to ban trans fats. Paul added that if the FDA was banning trans fats, the employees of the agency should be forced to get healthy themselves. "I say we should line every one of them up. I want to see how skinny or how fat the FDA agents are that are making the rules on this," Paul said.
  • McCain: Tons of people want me to run for president again (yeah, okay)

    11/11/2013 6:58:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 11, 2013 | Vince Coglianese, managing editor
    John McCain is apparently fielding a “spate of e-mails and letters and phone calls” from people who want him to run for president again. But, the Republican senator from Arizona told the Arizona Republic that he’s not really considering another run for the White House: “‘Particularly since the shutdown, I’ve had a spate of e-mails and letters and phone calls saying, ‘Run for president again,” McCain told The Arizona Republic. ‘As you know, I’m seriously thinking about running for re-election to the Senate. But I think, in the words of the late Morris K. Udall, as far as my presidential...
  • Too much of too little [Food stamps fuel poor diet, illness]

    11/10/2013 4:30:29 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 103 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 9, 2013 | Eli Saslow
    McAllen, Tex. — They were already running late for a doctor’s appointment, but first the Salas family hurried into their kitchen for another breakfast paid for by the federal government. The 4-year-old grabbed a bag of cheddar-flavored potato chips and a granola bar. The 9-year-old filled a bowl with sugary cereal and then gulped down chocolate milk. Their mother, Blanca, arrived at the refrigerator and reached into the drawer where she stored the insulin needed to treat her diabetes. She filled a needle with fluid and injected it into her stomach with a practiced jab.“Let’s go,” she told the children,...
  • The great gluten-free scam

    11/07/2013 12:14:35 PM PST · by george76 · 50 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 07 Nov 2013 | Julia Llewellyn Smith
    Once, pasta and bread were store cupboard staples. Now, many of us are replacing them with ‘healthier’ gluten-free foods. But are they really better for us? ... The new ubiquity of gluten-free products certainly makes life much easier for sufferers of coeliac disease, an auto-immune response to wheat where the body believes wrongly that gluten is attacking it... But coeliacs make up only one in 100 of the population ... Nutritionist Ian Marber agrees that yeast, not gluten, may be the real culprit... Marber acknowledges that gluten intolerance does exist, but probably in fewer cases than is generally believed. ......
  • Age 50 and 100 pounds Overweight - It's Time to Lose

    11/07/2013 12:26:53 PM PST · by InHisService · 92 replies
    Kirchhoff's Law ^ | 11-7-2013 | Mary C. Kirchhoff
    How do people let themselves get to be 100 pounds overweight? I suppose for everyone the story is a little different; here’s mine. First, before delving into the years of weight gain, I realized recently I was in denial about my weight and just how heavy I was. At 270 pounds, it just wasn’t sinking in that I was a hundred pounds overweight. It was after seeing recent pictures of myself that I realized just how heavy I was. I’m fairly tall, at 5’9”. I’ve always carried my weight pretty well. I’m top heavy, so that accounts for some of...
  • At Least One Voter Thought Chris Christie Was Too Fat: Mitt Romney

    11/01/2013 10:37:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Atlantic Wire ^ | November 2, 2013 | Philip Bump
    According to excerpts from the book Double Down, Mitt Romney seriously considered choosing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as his 2012 running mate. But he didn't, in part because Christie is overweight. Cool leadership, Mitt. The Washington Post got an early copy of the book, and notes several not-very-subtle ways in which the Romney camp made an issue of Christie's weight. For example, according to the Post, Romney's VP vetters engaged in the age-old tradition of blowing their work way out of proportion by pretending it was a high-level intelligence operation. But, man, did they do a lame job of...
  • N.D. woman to hand out "fat letters" to obese kids during Halloween

    11/01/2013 10:53:25 AM PDT · by Innovative · 34 replies
    CBS News ^ | Oct 30, 2013 | Michelle Castillo
    Most children expect to get candy when they go trick-or-treating. But, if they stop by one Fargo, North Dakota woman's house, they might get an unexpected "fat letter." A station manager told valleynewslive.com in Fargo that a woman identified as Cheryl called into the Y-94 morning program saying that she wanted to make a stand against obesity during Halloween. Her idea? Give children who had extra pounds on them a letter instead of a sweet treat. "You (sic) child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar treats to the extent of some children this Halloween...
  • Alabama Obesity Task Force launches yearlong campaign targeting sugary drinks (sweet tea)

    10/30/2013 6:26:39 PM PDT · by Libloather · 36 replies
    The Republic ^ | 10/27/13
    **SNIP** Health officials say the "ReThink Your Drink" campaign is aimed at reducing the amount of sugar-sweetened beverages that Alabamians have in their diets. They say a 20-ounce soda or sweetened tea can have 240 calories from sugar.
  • Michelle Obama set to promote water drinking on NBC ‘Biggest Loser’ show

    10/16/2013 4:12:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 15, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    First lady Michelle Obama is poised for a second appearance on “The Biggest Loser,”NBC’s reality show to help contestants lose weight. Her reason for doing the show? To promote her campaign for the need to drink more water, The Hill reported.
  • Study: Oreo Cookies As Addictive As Cocaine

    10/15/2013 4:59:36 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 69 replies
    Study: Oreo Cookies As Addictive As Cocaine Research Indicates High Fat, High Sugar Foods Trigger Pleasure Center In Brain October 15, 2013 4:59 PM NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Research out of Connecticut College shows that “America’s Favorite Cookie” may be as addictive as cocaine. Connecticut College psychology professor Joseph Schroeder and four students studied in rats whether high fat, high sugar foods can be as addictive as drugs of abuse. The research looked at the behaviors and the effects the cookies had on the brain. “We found that the behavior they exhibited was equally strong for Oreo cookies as it...
  • EBT system failure blocks food stamp debit cards

    10/12/2013 9:17:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies
    WLS - Chicago ^ | October 12, 2013 | By Eric Horng
    Full carts abandoned at Chicago grocery stores were a common sight as shoppers in Illinois and many other states have been unable to use their food stamp debit cards. More than two million people in Illinois use a so-called Link Card. That's one in six residents in the state. So when suddenly the system went down Saturday morning many customers just walked out of the store. "Now I'm going to have to unfortunately do the fast food thing now. No cooking tonight," said Link Card user Rob Lee. "That's how people starve," said shopper Sean Wright. "People starve if they...
  • Eating five times a day helps weight loss

    10/08/2013 1:00:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2:23PM BST 08 Oct 2013 | Alice Philipson
    Eating five times a day can help keep weight down, a new study has suggested, as scientists reject the idea that three daily meals is the key to staying healthy. Researchers say a daily routine of breakfast, lunch, dinner along with two further snacks a day can help shed pounds. But breaking the routine can lead to weight gain—for instance, skipping breakfast is associated with putting on weight, according to the study published in the International Journal of Obesity. …
  • Mom’s outrage after sporty 11-year-old daughter is sent home with a "fat letter"

    10/08/2013 6:46:15 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 76 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | October 6, 2013 | Ryan Gorman
    A mother has hit out at her daughter's school after the athletic teen was sent home with a letter saying she was 'overweight'. Lilly Grasso, all 5’5”, 124 pounds of her, is nowhere near overweight and is a healthy, active teenager. But Naples (FL) Middle School sent a letter to her home warning of the dangers of obesity, according to her mother Kristen Grasso. ‘Lily is tall, athletic, solid muscle -- by no means is she overweight,’ the concerned mother told WFTX before showing a refrigerator stocked with healthy foods. The letter, sent after a health screening by the Collier...
  • Obesity up 25 percent in NYC

    10/01/2013 10:53:02 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | 9/30/13 | Carl Campanile
    <p>Reduce the obesity rate in New York City? Fat chance!</p> <p>More New Yorkers than ever are living large, despite Nanny Bloomberg’s war on sugary drinks and fast foods, statistics obtained by The Post reveal.</p> <p>The city’s obesity rate among adults has skyrocketed 25 percent since Mayor Bloomberg took office in 2002, city Health Department figures show.</p>
  • Move over food cartoon characters, here come the Obamas

    09/20/2013 4:45:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | September 20, 2013 | Judi McLeod
    Coming soon to a supermarket near you, jars of tofu and packaged bean sprouts plastered with pictures of Michelle and Barack Obama. In Michelle Obama’s resurrected Let’s Move Campaign, a private session, organized by both the first lady’s office—and the president’s policy advisors—now positions Michelle Obama as the facilitator of debate urging food industry executives to increase their advertising of healthful products for kids. (Los Angeles Times). With zero credentials as a schooled Nutritionist, Michelle Obama wants to drive cartoon characters promoting children’s’ food straight out of the public marketplace. “You all know that our kids are like little sponges....