February 6, 2010

In 2006 Malia was "Chubby"

1 First Daughters Had a BMI Reality Check

During a kick-off speech for her national campaign against childhood obesity first lady Michelle Obama revealed that the family's pediatrician had previously warned the Obamas about their daughters' BMI trends. In response to that warning, Ms. Obama cut out weekday television, switched to low-fat milk and substituted water in lunch boxes, reduced portion sizes, and made sure that the daughters had fruit and vegetables during meals. These small changes completely reversed the daughters' weight trend, according to Ms. Obama. In a 2008 interview Barrack Obama mentioned that older daughter Malia had been "a little chubby" about two years previous to the interview. Eating disorder activists jumped on the comments, claiming that any mention of a child's weight could be a dangerous trigger.

More at USA Today | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

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The Supersizers Have Won

2 FDA Urged to Upsize Serving Sizes

Nutrition advocates are pushing the Food and Drug Administration to revise standards that food makers use to determine the serving sizes used on Nutrition Facts labels. Serving size affects the calories per serving, and experts say that current standards are unrealistically low. After the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 was passed, the FDA consulted research from the 1970s and 1980s and defined serving sizes for 139 categories of food, called "NLEA servings." Serving size is important because manufacturers are tempted to make them smaller to make the calorie content look lower, or larger to make the nutritional value seem better. With obesity growing as a national health problem, and few people limiting themselves to 1 NLEA serving, an upward adjustment may be necessary.

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

Previously: NLEA Serving Background

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Trademarked Double Bypass Burger

3 Heart Attack Themed Restaurants in Legal Spat

An Arizona "medically themed" hamburger restaurant is suing a Florida copycat restaurant, alleging misappropriation of the restaurant's theme. The Arizona Heart Attack Grill features waitresses in nurse uniforms, free food for customers over 350 pounds, Single through Quadruple Bypass Burgers, and Flatliner Fries. The Delray Beach, Florida, Heart Stoppers Sports Grill features similar nurse uniforms, free food for the obese, and Chili Chest Pain Fries, along with the half pound Heart Atacker burger and the 3-pound Heart Stopper burger. Previously a Pensacola restaurant called Flat Liner Grill was forced to close because of legal pressure from the Heart Attack Grill.

More at Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel | Posted 8 years ago by Mark

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Tastes Just Like Chicken

4 Fowl-Tasting Soy Substitute Has Health Benefits

Vegetarians and vegans rejoice ... Scientists at the University of Missouri have developed a new soy substitute that they claim reduces cholesterol and helps to maintain healthy bones. It also has a taste and texture that’s very similar to chicken, according to Fu-Hung Hsieh, lead researcher on the project and MU professor of biological engineering and food science. Early results produced a food that more closely resembled turkey, but with the addition of fiber and moisture, the final product is distinctly similar to chicken, says Hsieh. Soy products contain no cholesterol and, as a good source of essential fatty acids, impart nutrition components that offer health benefits for consumers.

More at Medindia.com | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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It’s the Economy, Stupid

5 Medical Expenses Up Sharply in 2009

Last year, the US government experienced the largest one-year increase in health care expenses since tracking these figures began in 1960. While 17 percent of every dollar was spent on health care last year, a report recently released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that figure could rise to 19.3 percent by 2019. The report, released as the nation’s government grapples with the issue of revamping health care, indicates “a very steep rate of growth,” said Christopher Truffer, one of the authors. The report also found that spending on prescription drugs grew an estimated 5.2 percent to $246 billion last year. While the Democrats and Republicans slug it out over health care reform, or table the discussion for the moment, as the case may be, costs continue to rise.

More at USAToday.com | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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