July 23, 2014

Obese? Not (burp) Me!

1 US Youth Clueless About Their Weight

The National Center for Health Statistics reports that about one-third of Americans ages 8 to 15 years, or some 9 million young people, lack an accurate sense of how much they weigh, with most of them underestimating their weight. Specifically, of those classified as obese, 48 percent of boys and 36 percent of girls believe their weight to be just about right, as do 81 percent of boys and 71 percent of girls who are clinically overweight. The numbers cause concern among health experts, who worry that kids who underestimate their weight will have no motivation to change their eating or exercise patterns. Also of concern are the four percent of those whose weight is healthy but who think they are too fat, and are thus susceptible to developing bulimia or other eating disorders.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 3 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: WHO Says Restrict Ads to Curb Childhood Obesity

Tags: Childhood Obesity, Overweight Children, Why Children Don't Diet, Why Children Become Obese, Perceptions of Overweight

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Lethal in Small Doses

2 FDA Issues Warning Against Powdered Caffeine

The FDA has issued a warning against powdered caffeine after the death of Logan Stiner, an Ohio teen. The powder, available on the internet, could be lethal even in small doses; one teaspoon equals 25 cups of coffee. The powder, marketed as a dietary supplement, is unregulated and consumers may be unaware of its dangers, even though they may know of caffeine’s less serious side effects. The FDA warns that caffeine powder is almost impossible to measure with common kitchen tools. In addition, users may not be aware that even a small amount could be lethal. One consumer advocate praised the FDA’s warning but said the agency didn’t go far enough to keep the powder off the market. The FDA is considering taking regulatory action to further protect consumers.

More at Www.hosted.ap.org | Posted 3 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: When Caffeine Kills

Tags: Caffeine, Dietary Supplement, FDA, Overdose, Powered Caffeine, Powdered Caffeine Overdose, Logan Stiner

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