January 28, 2010

No Junk Ads for Kids

1 Taiwan Seeks Junk Food Ad Ban

Officials in Taiwan are drafting rules that would keep advertising for junk food off children's television. The healthy rules, expected to be proposed in parliament later this year to potentially go into effect next year, would also ban smoking from programs aimed at kids. Other proposals include a tax on items such as fast food, alcohol, sugary sodas and other unhealthy foods. Between 25 and 30 percent of Taiwan's young people are overweight or obese. If the junk food tax passes, it would be the first of its kind in the world. The UK and South Korea both have bans on junk food advertising during children's programs.

More at Sydney Morning Herald | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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Does Local Make it Healthier?

2 McDonald's Goes Local with Italian Burgers

McDonald's has unveiled two new sandwiches in Italy -- the McItaly line -- that are made completely from ingredients sourced in Italy. Everything from the meat to the bread to the artichoke spread comes from within the country. The artichoke-covered burger also has Asiago cheese, while the second burger comes with a garnish of Italian olive oil and pancetta. The nation's agriculture minister says the sandwiches will help introduce young people to the flavors of Italy, and the use of an estimated 1,000 tons of Italian agriculture products a month will provide a huge boost to farmers. The special burgers will be on sale for at least seven weeks; if successful, they could be introduced in other markets around the world.

More at ABC News | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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Downsize Me

3 Can Fast Food Help You Lose Weight?

Fast food giant Subway was the first to promote some of their sandwiches as lower-calorie foods that could contribute to weight loss - but they are certainly not the last. Since their overwhelming success, other fast food chains have jumped on the weight loss bandwagon. Taco Bell introduced their Fresco menu which has considerably less fat than items from their regular menu. Dunkin’ Donuts touts their flatbread egg white sandwiches while Quiznos and Starbucks offer items with fewer than 500 and 400 calories respectively. However, despite lower calorie counts, not all fast food items are healthy. Many contain an alarmingly high sodium content and nutrition experts caution consumers to be aware of the nutritional content of fast foods before they, er, consume them.

More at The New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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Clean Air, Healthy Ears

4 Cleaner Air Means Fewer Childhood Ear Infections

Improvements in air quality over the past decade have resulted in fewer childhood ear infections, according to researchers at UCLA and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Researchers cite the Clean Air Act of 1990, which gave the Environmental Protection Agency increased authority to regulate air pollutant emissions as having a direct benefit on health-quality measures. Ear infections are among the most common ailments of young children and account for direct and indirect annual costs of between $3 billion and $5 billion in the United States.

More at EurekAlert | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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