March 24, 2010

Throwing in Towel on Fat Adults

1 Obesity Journal Becomes Childhood Obesity Journal

"They fire the football coach and 200 people show up at the next school board meeting. But they serve corn dogs, burgers and fries for school lunch and no one shows up to complain."
- Anthony in the comments

We hear it more and more: Diets don't work. If you lose weight, you'll just gain it back, plus a few pounds. Even if you get bariatric surgery, you'll discover that with your walnut-sized stomach you can still pig out on milkshakes and wine and gain the weight back. Perhaps this kind of thinking is behind the decision of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., the publisher of dozens of medical and scientific journals, to rebrand its Obesity and Weight Management journal as Childhood Obesity. After all, it's looking like if you can't solve the problem at its root, before kids start on a lifetime of bad eating habits, weight gets programmed in for life. The newly titled journal will concentrate on childhood and adolescent obesity topics, and will be aimed at physicians, nurses, dietitians, and educators.

More at Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. | Posted 7 years ago by Mark

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Mary Ann Leibert Inc., Obesity and Weight Management, Adolescent Obesity

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Healthy Carbs Are In

2 New Atkins Diet Adds More Veggies

The writers of a new book about the Atkins Diet hope that a revamped plan will attract new adherents to the low-carb diet plan. The book, The New Atkins for a New You, puts more emphasis on eating healthy vegetables than the original diet, which was first published in 1972, did. The book also includes new advice on dealing with the first phase of the diet, when carbohydrate consumption is very low (it says you should ramp up your salt intake, which hardly sounds like a good idea). Critics say the diet still isn't healthy (evidenced by the book's suggestion that dieters use supplements) and is expensive and wasteful (a recipe calls for making chicken broth with a whole chicken, then discarding the meat).

More at ABC News | Posted 7 years ago by Sarah E. White

Tags: Atkins Diet, low-carb diets, New Atkins

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‘Designer Salt’ Delivers Taste

3 PepsiCo to Cut Sodium in Lay’s Chips

This month, PepsiCo Inc. will market its Lay’s Classic potato chips seasoned with ‘designer salt’ that, says the company, reduces sodium levels by 25 percent, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. The new salt contains crystals designed to reduce salt content without compromising taste or mouth feel. PepsiCo’s effort to address growing concerns about the health risks associated with excessive sodium consumption is at the forefront of a movement to cut salt in the American diet. In January, New York City called for a 25 percent sodium reduction in restaurant and packaged foods. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most Americans consume twice as much salt as the recommended daily limit which can contribute to an increased risk of heart disease.

More at The Wall Street Journal | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Tags: Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, PepsiCo, Lays Potato Chips, Wall Street Journal, Centers for Disease Control, Salt Consumption, Reducing Salt Content, Sodium, Salt in Food, Low Salt Diet

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Ethanol is Key Ingredient

4 Sanitizers Better Than Hand Washing for Colds

A new study conducted by the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Dial Corporation finds that hand sanitizers containing ethanol are better at protecting people from rhinovirus than washing with soap and water. The findings, published in the March 2010 journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, indicate that sanitizers containing ethanol protected the user from rhinovirus for up to four hours after application. Rhinovirus, which is mostly spread by hand to hand contact, is responsible for about 35 percent of cases of common cold in adults. Results of the test showed that ethanol-containing sanitizers removed 80 percent of rhinovirus from the hands versus 31 percent from soap and water washing.

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: FDA Warns on Bacteria in Hand Sanitizers

Tags: Hand Sanitizers, Washing Hands, Soap and Water, Ethanol, University of Virginia, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Common Cold, Rhinovirus, Protecting Against Common Cold

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