December 16, 2009

Strict but Voluntary

1 FTC Issues Nutrition Rules for Food Aimed at Kids

Newly proposed voluntary standards from the Federal Trade Commission governing the marketing of food to children under 17 would limit sugar, salt, and other unhealthy ingredients. In addition, the standards would require that such foods contribute in a positive way to children's diets, and the standards attempt to define this in concrete terms. Critics such as New York University professor Marion Nestle expressed doubt about whether voluntary standards would be effective, but the precise nature of the standards have impressed many authorities, including Dr. David Katz of the Yale School of Public Health. The standards will not be finalized until summer 2010, after a public comment period.

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But Obese Not at Higher Risk

2 Skinny Hormone Leptin Also Prevents Alzheimer's

The more of the appetite suppressing hormone leptin you have, the less likely you are to develop Alzheimer's disease. Leptin has been shown to thin down mice in studies, but obese humans seem to be less affected by it, perhaps because they already have high leptin levels, but have developed a resistance to it. Because of this resistance, no particular association was found between obesity and Alzheimer's.

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