August 5, 2012

Despite 25% Child Obesity Rate

1 Chile's Ban on Kids Meal Toys Being Flouted

Nearly two months after Chile passed a law prohibiting fast food restaurants from offering toys, crayons, or other freebies with children's meals, the companies effected continue the practice of free inducements by using, according to one Chilean senator, "fraudulent and abusive means" to skirt the law, which was only passed after seven years of lobbying against it by the food industry. U.S. food activists note that when San Francisco enacted a similar ban, McDonald's merely began charging a nominal fee for its Happy Meal toys, and predicted that similar evasive measures will be taken in Chile, where almost 25 percent of six-year-olds are clinically obese. McDonald’s, said one, “will take every opportunity to blame parents” for the country’s childhood obesity epidemic.

More at Myfoxdc.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: NYC Wants to Ban Happy Meal toys

Tags: Happy Meals, Chilean Food Industry, Fast-Food Toy Bans, Toys with Kids' Meals, Food Marketing to Children

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L'chaim

2 Israel Planning to Tax Junk Food

In an effort to curb obesity, the Israeli Tax Authority will support a tax on junk food. Meanwhile, the Health Ministry, which says that 37% of Israeli adults are overweight and another 15% are obese, endorsed a plan to permit special labeling of healthy foods to encourage consumers to buy them. Explains Eran Yaakov, Israeli Tax Authority, a tax on unhealthy foods should be part of an effort to curb sugar and salt consumption and address the kinds of foods offered in schools. “It’s all a matter of education which needs to be promoted through the schools.” Israel is not alone when it comes to this tax. Foods with high sugar contents are taxed in Denmark and Finland; the Austrian government taxes foods that are high in saturated fats and, in France, chocolate and other candy are taxed.

More at Www.haaretz.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Soda Tax Would Save Lives

Tags: Obesity, Junk Food Tax, Israeli Junk Food Tax, Israeli Tax Ministry

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Overweight Need Worry

3 More Overweight Americans Suffering from Gout

While obesity is a risk factor for gout, new research suggests that just being overweight also increases the risk of developing the arthritic condition. Regardless of gender or race, overweight people may face a greater risk of developing gout, say researchers. However, obese people still have the greatest risk of developing gout. The study, published in Arthritis Care and Research, also found that more Americans are developing gout today than in the past. Gout develops when uric acid crystals accumulate in the joints. While the big toe is often affected, gout may also cause pain in ankles, feet, knees, hands and wrists. Symptoms include tenderness, swelling, red or purple skin and warmth.

More at MSNBC | Posted 5 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Fight Gout with Enriched Skim Milk

Tags: Health Problems Obesity, Risk Factors Gout, Overweight Increased Risk Gout, Obesity Arthritis, Arthritis Care and Research

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The Cure and the Cause?

4 Chemo Promotes Resistance from Healthy Cells

New research using breast and ovarian cancer tumors shows that treatment with powerful chemotherapy drugs may actually promote the disease and cause resistance by damaging the DNA of the nearby healthy cells. Cancer cells are rapidly dividing cells and chemotherapy drugs are designed to target their growth and replication, often by damaging their DNA. The damage to the healthy cells causes to them secreting higher levels of a protein called WNT16B. That protein produced by the damaged cells near the tumor was taken up by the cancerous cells that initially responded to treatment regrew and became chemoresistant. While these results may seem to suggest cancer treatment is impossible, researchers believe that chemotherapy treatments can be improved by inhibiting WNT16B or using lower doses.

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Gene Therapy Plus Chemo Fights Breast Cancer

Tags: Cancer Treatment, Chemoresistance, Chemotherapy, WNT16B, Drug Resistance

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