Diet-Related Disease

Childhood obesity becomes factor in custody battles as parents' awareness grows on health problems, costs associated with fast food diet, sedentary lifestyle

By Ashby Jones and Shirley S. Wang

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-10-29

Opinion: Occupy Wall Street has its points, but occupying the kitchen will bring, keep families together, and when food is sourced locally, will 'stick it to the Man,' too

By Kurt Michael Friese

The Huffington Post 2011-10-27

Opinion: House, Senate Ag panel leaders try to write new farm bill in private, with plans to take it to deficit committee to be enacted whole, without votes; farm bill sets food policy for 5 years

By Carolyn Lochhead

San Francisco Chronicle 2011-10-26

Opinion: Children's needs ignored as Senate protects potato farmers who complained over proposed anti-obesity rules limiting high-carb foods for school meals

By Valerie Strauss

The Washington Post 2011-10-20

Processed food industry group says draft voluntary guidelines for advertising its items to children would cause loss of 74,000 jobs annually, billions in lost sales

By Marian Burros

Politco 2011-10-12

Lamb, beef, pork and cheese generate the most greenhouse gases, tend to be high in fat and have worst environmental impacts, lifecycle assessment shows

By Kari Hamershlag

Environmental Working Group 2011-10-01

25 states, House GOPs, industry want delay of mercury, acid-gas emission rules for coal-fired power plants; less air, water pollution will reduce mercury in fish

By Timothy Gardnery

Reuters 2011-10-10

In mouse study, early exposure to ultrafine particulates of air pollution similar to those in U.S. cities led to accumulation of abdominal fat, insulin resistance with normal diet

By Amy Westervelt

Forbes 2011-10-10

As industry, Congress look to delay air pollution rules, research grows on pollution's link to obesity, diabetes; annually, obesity costs U.S. $270 billion; diabetes costs $174 billion

By Amy Westervelt

Forbes 2011-10-10

MyPlate, the federally recommended diet with abundance of fruits, vegetables, grains, doesn't jibe with federal pay to farmers who grow food for animals that become meat

By Arthur Allen

The Washington Post 2011-10-03

Coal-fired power plants' pollution costs U.S. $53 billion, more in health damage than those plants contribute to economy; crops and livestock production each cost $15 billion

By Ken Ward Jr.

The Charleston Gazette 2011-10-05

Enrolling overweight, prediabetic adults ages 60-64 in community-based weight-loss programs could save Medicare billions; diabetes costs U.S. $170 billion yearly

By Misty Williams

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2011-10-05

Opinion: To become healthier, more sustainable population, we must encourage a shift from ubiquitous fast food to craft of cooking and associated thrift

By Mark Bittman

The New York Times 2011-09-27

Opinion: Philanthropic retailers could take cue from Kellogg, Walmart foundations and back farmers' market organizations, food access/food justice nonprofits

By Michel Nischan

The Atlantic 2011-09-27

Opinion: To address medical costs, improve health, we must focus on policies in agriculture, transportation, energy, education that shape world beyond doctor's office

By Aaron Wernham

Roll Call 2011-09-26

Opinion: Convenience, addiction-like responses to hyperprocessed items have drowned out home cooking; we can counter by educating children and tearing down the food carnival

By Mark Bittman

The New York Times 2011-09-24

U.S. spending billions of dollars to subsidize producers and others in business of corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, soy oils - junk food ingredients

By P.J. Huffstutter

Los Angeles Times 2011-09-22

Diabetics more than twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's and also have increased risk of developing dementia, studies show

By Karen Kaplan

Los Angeles Times 2010-09-20

Inhaling insulin twice daily seems to slow Alzheimer's, which afflicts 5.4 million Americans; insulin deficiency in brain may be key factor in disease progression

By Melissa Healy

Los Angeles Times 2011-09-13

366 million worldwide have diabetes, which kills one person every seven seconds; it is "massive challenge" to healthcare, now costing $465 billion annually, UN warns

By Ben Hirschler

Reuters 2011-09-13

Opinion: Reviving home ec, and its premises - that producing good, nutritious food is profoundly important, that it takes study and practice - could fight diet-related disease

By Helen Zoe Veit

The New York Times 2011-09-05

Once eating habit is formed, taste unimportant to consumption patterns, study of stale popcorn-eating shows; unfamiliar context disrupts mindless eating

By Jeannine Stein

Los Angeles Times 2011-09-01

Sugary drinks add 300 calories daily to youths' diets; sodas, sports drinks are No. 1 single source of calories in American diet, accounting for half of all added sugars consumed

By Nanci Hellmich

USA Today 2011-08-31

With wellness classes, support, company reduces health-care expenses and helps employees avoid chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, emphysema

By Marion Davis

The Boston Globe 2011-08-28

Half of U.S. residents will be obese by 2030, report says; governments, other groups urged to monitor, prevent, control obesogenic environment that undermines willpower

By Jennifer Huget

The Washington Post 2011-08-25

States' burden of obesity-related medical costs ranges from $203 million for Nevada to $15 billion per year in California, illustrating burden on health care system, analysts say

By Rachael Rettner

MSNBC 2011-08-23

Healthy-weight and obese men consumed about 12 percent fewer calories at unlimited half-hour meal when they chewed their food more, study shows

By Katherine Harmon

Scientific American 2011-08-03

Concurrent national outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg, discovery of clone of Salmonella Kentucky, underline rising danger of drug-resistant organisms in food supply

By Maryn McKenna

Wired 2011-08-03

Affordable "MyPlate" would be filled with lentils, cabbage, eggs and carrots, followed by oranges, apples, bananas, says researcher studying poverty-diet link

By Eliza Barclay

National Public Radio 2011-08-04

As NJ Governor Chris Christie experiences breathing troubles that force hospital stay, focus turns to notion that obesity precedes, predicts asthma

By Eryn Brown

Los Angeles Times 2011-07-28

Study, modeling suggest that up to half of Alzheimer's cases could be linked to obesity, diabetes, hypertension, physical inactivity, smoking, depression, low education

By Pam Belluck

The New York Times 2011-07-25

Opinion: Rather than subsidizing unhealthful foods with tax dollars, we should tax them, then use income to make good food affordable, ubiquitous

By Mark Bittman

The New York Times 2011-07-24

In poor, uneducated, blood pressure woes linked to overweight and sedentary lifestyle; in educated and richer, higher alcohol intake is culprit, study shows

Duke Medicine; HealthDay 2011-07-14

Sodium-potassium ratio predicts heart woes; to reduce risk, cut processed or restaurant foods and increase potatoes, spinach, bananas, prune juice, plain yogurt and fish

By Jennifer Corbett Dooren

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-07-12

More neighborhood fast-food restaurants means low-income men eat there more often, but supermarket proximity doesn't guarantee good diet, study shows

By Genevra Pittman

Reuters 2011-07-12

Biggest food makers, fast-food chains, media companies and Chamber of Commerce lobby to derail voluntary nutrition standards on salt, sugar, fat in kid-targeted products

By Lyndsey Layton and Dan Eggen

The Washington Post 2011-07-09

Feds could begin battling obesity with financial policies that make healthy foods cost less, by changing agricultural subsidies, and by restricting marketing, says expert

By Melissa Healy

Los Angeles Times 2011-07-07

Obesity rate climbs in all states, disproportionately affecting those with poor education and income, and minorities; report emphasizes need for affordable healthy foods

By Melissa Healy

Los Angeles Times 2011-07-07

Some experts believe that memory woes of those living in "stroke belt" could be related to lifestyle patterns that contribute to hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, obesity

By Pam Belluck

The New York Times 2011-07-05

Opinion: To advocate for better food, vote with your fork, vote with your vote, and take on school lunches and the farm bill

By Marion Nestle

San Francisco Chronicle 2011-07-03

Restrictive diet over eight weeks reverses diabetes after fat levels in pancreas return to normal, researchers report; they think fat in pancreas, liver inhibits insulin production

By Thomas H. Maugh II

Los Angeles Times 2011-06-25

Opinion: Paul Ryan's draconian budget plan might not be best way to tackle federal deficit, but approach could help solve nation's obesity crisis

By Hank Cardello

The Atlantic magazine 2011-07-01

Philadelphia School District closes kitchens at 26 elementary and middle schools to help bridge a $629 million budget gap, affecting 16,681 children, mostly in poorest areas

By Kristen A. Graham

The Philadelphia Inquirer 2011-06-30

Whether baked, boiled, French-fried or in chips, daily consumption of white potatoes a culprit in weight gain, Harvard researchers learn

By Daniela Hernandez

Los Angeles Times 2011-06-23

Diners' sticker shock pushes chain restaurants into reworking recipes to cut back on fat, calories, carbohydrates

By Sharon Bernstein

Los Angeles Times 2011-06-22

Despite tough times, government urged to consider potential public health impacts of legislation, regulations such as agriculture subsidies, zoning decisions, education policy

By Julian Pecquet

The Hill 2011-06-21

Removing cells in mouse brain responsible for precursors of dopamine, a signaling molecule with role in generating sensation of pleasure, leads to overeating, obesity

The Economist 2011-06-16

Rising rates of obesity, poorly controlled blood pressure, shortage of docs cited as reasons for stagnant or declining life expectancy across broad swaths of U.S.

By David Brown

The Washington Post 2011-06-15

Opinion: USDA's plate-plus message works better than anything presented before, so now it's time for Congress to fix agricultural policies so they support the recommendations

By Marion Nestle

San Francisco Chronicle 2011-06-05

Sales of "functional foods," also called "credence goods" totaled $37.3 billion in U.S. in 2009, up from $28.2 billion in 2005; critics say shoppers are being bamboozled by ads

By Natasha Singer

The New York Times 2011-05-14

Opinion: Mostly preventable chronic diseases is largest driver of health care costs, accounting for 75 cents of every $1 spent; we spend less than 5 cents on prevention

By Kenneth Thorpe and Jonathan Lever

Kaiser Health News 2011-05-01

Opinion: We need legal action, not voluntary guidelines that request compliance from a blame-the-victim industry that pushes ultra-processed, unhealthful junk food-like products

By Mark Bittman

The New York Times 2011-05-03

Opinion: U.S. food production system depends upon widespread ignorance, but poor and working people most need new food system; they are sold unhealthiest foods and can least afford resulting medical problems

By Eric Schlosser

The Washington Post 2011-04-29

With farmed tilapia, researchers worry over omega-6 acids created by corn-soy diet (linked to increased risk of heart disease), environmental degradation, imports from China

By Elisabeth Rosenthal

The New York Times 2011-05-02

Opinion: Nutrition professor says she now supports soda ban for $68 billion SNAP program and is impressed with WIC, which allows purchase of only restricted number of nutrient-rich foods

By Marion Nestle

San Francisco Chronicle 2011-05-01

Three raised garden beds at Petaluma Health Center teach Latino children how to grow produce, then how to cook it, too, in hopes of reversing diet-related disease trend

By Michelle Andrews

National Public Radio/Shots 2011-04-12

Feds go to court to stop Amish farm in PA from selling unpasteurized milk; devotees say heat process kills good bacteria, but FDA says it protects public from salmonella, E. coli, listeria

By Stephen Dinan

The Washington Times 2011-04-28

Opinion: Beyonce's former gig as soda saleswoman, and now her work with Let's Move campaign shows why celebs with hopes of influencing kids shouldn't hawk junk food

By Melanie Warner

BNET 2011-04-13

Opinion: Partnerships, alliances with food corporations put agriculture, food, nutrition, and public health advocacy groups in conflict of interest - latest is Oxfam America aiding Coca-Cola

By Marion Nestle

Food Politics 2011-04-20

Three sugar distributors sue ADM, Cargill over "misleading" ads equating high-fructose corn syrup with sugar, saying that campaign is response to customer concerns about obesity

By Dan Levine

Reuters 2011-04-28

Administration to ask food firms to eliminate much of today's child-targeted advertising for unhealthy foods on TV, magazines, stores, internet

By Mary Clare Jalonick

The Associated Press; ABC News 2011-04-28

Changing name of product is enough to alter perceptions of food's healthfulness and taste, and so change its consumption, study suggests; ambiguity "prevalent" in food industry

By Nathan Gray /Decision News Media 2011-04-26

Smartphones, carried by almost three-quarters of world's population, generate immense commercial databases that reveal webs of relationships - from disease to ideas to power

By Robert Lee Hotz

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-04-23

Supplements of resveratrol, ingredient found in red wine and linked to French Paradox, may improve body's response to insulin, the hormone that helps metabolize sugar, fat

By Stephen Daniells Decision News Media 2011-04-21

One-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary sodas, other such drinks would return $233 per student to California classrooms, fund childhood obesity prevention initiatives, advocates say

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen

Contra Costa Times; Mercury News (San Jose, CA) 2011-04-20

Texas lawmakers target junk food, sugary soda, food stamps limits to cut obesity; diet-related disease costs state businesses $9.5 billion a year in lost worker productivity

By Chuck Lindell

The Statesman (Austin, TX) 2011-04-19

If childhood obesity specialist is right, excessive consumption of sugar is main reason for obesity, diabetes epidemics; it's also likely cause of heart disease, high blood pressure, common cancers

By Gary Taubes

The New York Times 2011-04-13

Opinion: To avoid fiscal catastrophe and millions of premature deaths, prevent disease rather than treat it; build food distribution system that favors real food, and market it

By Mark Bittman

The New York Times 2011-04-12

Gut bacteria-obesity link furthered in rat study, significant since 1.5 billion people expected to be overweight by 2015, at health costs above $117 billion per year in U.S. alone

By Stephen Daniells Decision News Media 2011-04-11

Opinion: In high school classes, students couldn't say where honey comes from, but they shared stories of families ruined by diabetes - and begged to learn how to avoid that bleak future

By Jamie Oliver

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-04-10

After LAPD reveals crime-fighting plans, Dodger officials rethink plan to serve half-price alcohol, vow to look at prices and serving sizes for alcohol, as well as when to stop serving

By Joel Rubin and Bill Shaikin

Los Angeles Times 2011-04-09

For some, eating triggers neural activity similar to that of drug addicts, study shows, but blaming overeating on dopamine craving could mask need to treat stress, emotional woes

By Marissa Cevallos

HealthKey; Los Angeles Times 2011-04-05

Opinion: For 2012 Farm Bill, eliminate corn subsidies and redirect $4 billion annually in federal funds to SNAP and other nutrition programs that target most vulnerable population

By Andrew Schiff Youli Lee

The Providence Journal 2011-03-28

Pakistan's Sindh state set to mandate iodization of salt in bid to eliminate deficiency disorders; iodine vital for normal body and mental development, physical well being

By Jess Halliday Decision News Media 2011-03-31

Vegetable varieties, nutrient levels, nutrient access, gut bacteria, genomes, even time in life foods are eaten confound scientists as they probe complexities of diet and cancer

By Sarah DeWeerdt

Nature 2011-03-24

Opinion: FDA panel to review research on behavioral effects of artificial dyes; those colorings often found in items fueling obesity epidemic that costs U.S. $270 billion yearly

By David W. Schab and Michael F. Jacobson

The Washington Post 2011-03-25

Opinion: Pew poll shows majority in favor of federal role in fighting obesity, but group includes only 41 percent of Republicans, 33 percent of those who agree with tea partiers

By Charles M. Blow

The New York Times 2011-03-11

Overweight, sedentary lifestyle shared by 150 million or so Americans increases risk of cancer of colon, postmenopausal breast, endometrial, kidney and esophagus, study shows

By Karen Ravn

Los Angeles Times 2011-03-07

Opinion: Reform subsidies so they encourage small- and medium-size farms producing food we can touch, see, buy and eat -- apples and carrots -- and shrink handouts to agribusiness

By Mark Bittman

The New York Times 2011-03-01

Opinion: Might not a government aware of links between poor diets, obesity and diabetes yet stubbornly beholden to beef, sugar lobbies be accused of obfuscation, corruption?

By Jocelyn C. Zuckerman

The Atlantic magazine 2011-02-25

Opinion: Republicans' drive to weaken U.S. environmental protections leaves them little time to mull protecting farmland, wild lands from commercial development seen as essential to nation's health

The editors

The New York Times 2011-02-21

NJ Gov. Chris Christie, motivated by his four children, begins watching what he eats and exercising - and has lost weight in the process

The Associated Press; National Public Radio 2011-02-19

Campbell Soup to spend $10 million to fight childhood obesity, hunger in Camden, N.J., site of headquarters and where nearly 40 percent of town's children are obese

By Geoff Mulvihill

The Associated Press; Bloomberg Businessweek 2011-02-15

Farmers, school and health care representatives unite behind bill that would provide grants for farm to school and gardening programs and raise lunch funding to buy Oregon products

By Jennifer Colton

Hermiston Herald (OR) 2011-02-09

Opinion: Food movement aligns consumers, producers, media, politicians and could create political, social and workplace transformation that environmentalists have failed to achieve

By Bryan Walsh

Time magazine 2011-02-15

In study, children who ate school lunches were 29 percent more likely to be obese than those who brought lunch from home; soda consumption was also predictive of obesity

By Meredith Melnick

Time magazine 2011-02-07

Strokes rising dramatically among young and middle-aged in U.S., a sign that obesity epidemic may be reshaping disease; sharpest hike - 51 percent - is in men 15-34

The Associated Press; National Public Radio 2011-02-09

Daily consumption of diet soda linked to higher risks for stroke, heart attack versus no soda; other studies link diet and regular soda to risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome

The Associated Press; National Public Radio 2011-02-09

CDC says 26 million Americans have type 2 diabetes, up from 23.6 million in 2008; about 79 million US adults now have "pre-diabetes," with blood sugar levels higher than normal

By Rob Stein

The Washington Post 2011-01-26

Economists find link between Walmart Supercenters, weight gain in people living nearby; arrival of Walmart has been shown to drop prices by between eight and 27 percent

By Shannon Proudfoot

The Gazette (Montreal) 2011-01-18

Opinion: Background factor conducive to unhinged violence is standard junk food diet, dangerously low in omega fatty acids found in fish and walnuts, which help counter depression

By Wayne Roberts

NOW Toronto 2011-01-13

New school lunch rules would cut sodium, limit starchy vegetables, ban most trans fats, require lowfat milk, increase whole grains, add more fruits, vegetables, limit calories

By Tim Carman

The Washington Post 2010-01-13

New law letting USDA set standards for vending machine fare sold in schools could boost demand for healthy offerings, aiding small companies in that vending-machine niche

By Nick Leiber

Bloomberg Businessweek 2011-01-13

Economic cost of overweight and obesity in U.S. and Canada caused by medical costs, excess mortality, disability was $300 billion in 2009, analysis of studies shows

Society of Actuaries 2010-12-01

Author of "The China Study" found that 20 years of research changed his nutrition teaching from nutrient and animal-product based to one advocating whole, plant-based foods

By Tara Parker-Pope

The New York Times 2011-01-07

Teens' excessive sugar intake, preschoolers' exposure to second-hand smoke increases risk for heart disease later in life, making case for early prevention, two studies show

By Nicholas Bakalar

The New York Times 2011-01-10

Opinion: Obesity epidemic requires common sense - return P.E. to schools, offer better food in school cafeterias, end some subsidies, reward wellness in employer health plans, and eat more homemade dinners with our families

By David Gratzer, M.D.

The Washington Times 2011-01-07

Adults with family history of alcoholism 30 to 40 percent more likely to be obese than those with no alcoholism in family, likely due to obesity-inducing food environment, study shows

By Roni Caryn Rabin

The New York Times 2011-01-05

Top nutritional scientists say cutting carbs is key to reversing obesity, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension; amount of carbs in diet appears to be potent contributor to fat in blood

By Marni Jameson

Los Angeles Times 2010-12-20

FDA sets hearing on whether petroleum-based food dyes can adversely affect human health; European Parliament requires warning labels on products containing synthetic dyes

By Julie Deardorff

Chicago Tribune 2011-01-01

In UK, firms whose products have been blamed for increasing obesity will be involved in providing vouchers to families who swap unhealthy habits for healthy ones

By S.A. Mathieson

The Guardian (UK) 2011-01-04

New dietary guidelines, fights over funding of food safety bill, initial salvos over 2012 farm bill, school meals, and food firms co-opting critics predicted to make 2011 headlines

By Marion Nestle

San Francisco Chronicle 2011-01-02

Conflicts of interest between food companies, academics rampant but rarely recognized; food makers try to smother criticism, control public opinion and food system, says nutrition professor

By Cat Warren

Academe Online 2010-11-01

Opinion: Future of food in America hinges on our ability to listen to what the earth and scientists and farmers are telling us and to practice moderation in consumption, agriculture

By Mario Batali

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-11-20

Opinion: As parents, educators, nutritionists and marketers, we have to imbue our children with love of fruits, vegetables - the most beneficial food for growing bodies

By George Ball

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2011-01-03

Opinion: With annual cost of treating obesity, diet-related ills at $168 billion, adults are obliged to teach children how to live; Sarah Palin should make distinctions among policies worth opposing

The editors

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-12-27

Japanese firm with major investments in diabetes and obesity research partners with nonprofit biomedical research facility and hospital in Florida on fat-burning mechanisms

By Linda Shrieves

Orlando Sentinel 2010-12-27

PepsiCo links to Yale through food lab near campus and with $250,000 fellowship for an MD-PhD student researching nutrition and obesity-related diseases

By William Weir

The Hartford Courant 2010-12-28

Opinion: Obesity is not a Democratic or Republican issue; it is genuine public health emergency, with vast implications for nation's well-being, economy, national security

By Fred Hiatt

The Washington Post 2010-12-26

Supplementing diet with blueberries may slow and even reverse decline in mental function associated with age, suggest results of new study with lab rats

By Stephen Daniells Decision News Media 2010-12-21

Opinion: It would be easier for parents to supervise their children's diet if they didn't have to push back against relentless tide of marketing aimed at children

The editors

The New York Times 2010-12-20

Opinion: Emerging cultural divide tearing at military; in 2008, 634 military personnel were discharged for "don't ask, don't tell" violations, 4,555 were discharged for obesity and overweight

By David Frum 2010-12-06

Boxed cereals trade on our insecurity about health and manipulate our emotions; added value is shareholder value, not nutritional value, and China, India are next targets

By Felicity Lawrence

The Guardian 2010-11-23

Opinion: Despite money woes, anti-obesity programs for children aren't place to cut; obesity now costs Texas businesses $3.3 billion annually and will rise to $15.8 billion by 2025

The editors

San Antonio Express (TX) 2010-12-14

More prevention efforts critical, says researcher who found that two-thirds of Medicare stroke patients - often ill with diabetes or heart disease - either return to hospital or die

By Steven Reinberg

Bloomberg Businessweek 2010-12-16

Taxes on soft drinks, sports drinks, fruit drinks would generate about $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion in annual tax revenue and result in small weight loss for consumers, study shows

By Nanci Hellmich

USA Today 2010-12-14

Save the Children nonprofit, in talks with Coca-Cola for funding anti-obesity work, drops soda tax campaign; CEO says events - and $5 million grant from PepsiCo - are unrelated

By William Neuman

The New York Times 2010-12-15

American livestock consumed about 29 million pounds of antibiotics last year, FDA says; such widespread use makes them less effective in fighting off disease in humans

By Melissa Healy

Los Angeles Times 2010-12-14

FoodWorks provides blueprint for every phase of NYC food system - from agricultural production, processing, distribution, consumption and post-consumption

The New York City Council 2010-11-22

In strike at health insurance law, judge says administration's reasoning - mandating coverage is same as regulating payment - is so broad it could be applied to nutritional decisions

By Janet Adamy

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-12-13

Legume-planting experiment alongside fields of subsidized corn in Malawi pays off for courageous farmers in more fertile soil, better nutrition for residents

By Dan Charles

National Public Radio/Morning Edition 2010-12-01

Chicago Public Schools district and its meal purveyor block use of fruits, vegetables, herbs from school gardens for lunch trays; Chartwells says its farmers, suppliers are professionals

By Monica Eng

Chicago Tribune 2010-10-19

Opinion: Changing our eating behavior means changing culture - our freewheeling way of eating too much, indiscriminately, anywhere, at any time, in response to any and all stimuli

By Judith Warner

The New York Times 2010-11-28

Opinion: Presenting local food as economic engine is more persuasive than values choice; the right casts food as class-war weapon, pleasing fast-food industry, which is big donor to GOP

By Brent Cunningham and Jane Black

The Washington Post 2010-11-27

Reducing rates of diabetes, high blood pressure by 5 percent could save U.S. $9 billion a year; reduction in conditions related to those ills would save $24.7 billion, study shows

By Robert Preidt

American Public Health Association 2010-11-22

Food continues to function as definitive marker of social status; as distance between rich and poor continues to grow, freshest, most nutritious foods have become luxuries

By Lisa Miller

Newsweek 2010-11-22

Opinion: Contrary to implication of NYT story, USDA funds to support Dairy Management are for opening foreign markets to U.S. dairy, not for domestic marketing of cheese surplus

By James E. McWilliams

The Atlantic 2010-11-17

As obesity epidemic grew, Cathleen Black, now NYC schools' chancellor in waiting, sat on Coke board and panel with focus on obesity and selling soda to children; she holds $3.3 million in company stock

By Michael Barbaro ad Anemona Hartocollis

The New York Times 2010-11-16

Opinion: Dems, GOP can find common ground by making budget cuts at USDA, which has spent millions persuading Americans to eat more cheese after subsidies yielded too much milk

The editors

The Fresno Bee 2010-11-12

Fast-food lobbyists fight L.A. plan to tighten restrictions on allowing new eateries in obesity-prone areas by arguing that McDonald's, Burger King bring jobs, opportunities to disadvantaged people

By Sharon Bernstein

Los Angeles Times 2010-11-11

To reach appropriate weight, eat less, move more; lifelong change requires healthy relationship with food - not eating only Twinkies or taking a pill, experts agree

By Madison Park

CNN 2010-11-12

San Francisco mayor vetoes legislation prohibiting toy giveaway with fast-food meals that don't meet nutritional standards, but board has votes sufficient to override

By Rachel Gordon

San Francisco Chronicle 2010-11-13

With current tab for Type 2 diabetes at $174 billion annually, many who have developed the disease often deplete their savings by co-pays, medicines not covered by Medicare

By Walecia Konrad

The New York Times 2010-11-11

Analysis: Draft deficit commission report is opinion of two guys; any serious plan will spend about 98 percent of its time on health care, since it's our only real spending problem

By Kevin Drum

Mother Jones 2010-11-10

Spurred by diabetes epidemic, fewer transplants, better cardiac care, dialysis becomes lifeline for many, but treatment often compromised by sanitation woes, inadequate staffing

By Robin Fields

Propublica 2010-11-09

Fast-food industry has increased ads aimed at children, study shows; of 3,039 likely meal combinations, 12 met nutrition standards for preschoolers, 15 met criteria for older children

By Jeannine Stein

Los Angeles Times 2010-11-08

Analysis: Corn-based industrial food system hollowing out rural communities, compromising human health, challenging economies, tainting drinking water, polluting air

By Toby A.A. Heaps

Corporate Knights Magazine (CA) 2010-11-01

As U.S. mulls paying drug makers to develop antibiotics, critics urge conserving effectiveness of existing antibiotics by banning their unnecessary use in livestock, people

By Andrew Pollack

The New York Times 2010-11-05

Urged on by feds' warnings about saturated fat, Americans have been moving toward low-fat milk for decades, yet USDA program pushes extra cheese in fast food

By Michael Moss

The New York Times 2010-11-06

Citing obesity epidemic, prominent physicians take out ad in The New York Times asking why Congress subsidizes corn starch but not cauliflower

By Mike Lillis

The Hill 2010-10-26

Annual cost of being obese is $4,879 for a woman and $2,646 for a man; price tag may help policymakers weigh value of spending to prevent and fight obesity, says economist

By Lauran Neergaard

The Associated Press; The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) 2010-09-20

Costs not calculated in consumer price of meat, other animal products include health, food safety, tax dollars to corn, soy farmers, environment, farm consolidation, animal welfare

By Monica Eng

Chicago Tribune 2010-09-23

Eat to be well, says physician, who urges colleagues to see food - growing, buying, cooking, eating - as mainstay of medical educations, personal lives and practices

By Katrina Heron

The New York Times 2010-09-21

D.C.-aimed television ad targets McDonald's, links fast food to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attacks, heart disease, death in nation's capital

By Julie Jargon

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-09-14

San Francisco supervisors OK alcohol fee to help cover costs to care for inebriants, but mayor vows veto; fee idea has drawn wrath of alcohol, hospitality industries

By Rachel Gordon

San Francisco Chronicle 2010-09-15

Increasing fears over obesity links to high-fructose corn syrup drive sales down; manufacturers respond by petitioning to change name of product to corn sugar

By Emily Fredrix

The Associated Press; The Washington Post 2010-09-15

Opinion: Public trust in packaged food industry is low; it's time for government intervention to partner with industry efforts to reduce marketing to children

By Caroline Scott-Thomas News Media 2010-09-13

France, with obesity levels similar to those of US in the 1970s, continues prevention programs; three part attack includes centers for medical care, research and prevention

By Mildrade Cherfils

GlobalPost 2010-09-08

School meals have begun transformation, but all involved agree that turning this battleship requires commitment, money, will to make it happen

By Jane Dornbusch

The Boston Globe 2010-09-01

Restaurant critic finds that cutting out junk food led to weight loss and helped him regain normal blood sugar levels despite alarming diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes

By Steve Cuozzo

New York Post 2010-09-02

In Massachusetts program to combat childhood obesity, physicians write vegetable prescriptions to be filled at farmers' markets

By Natasha Singer

The New York Times 2010-08-12

Review: In "The Coming Famine," terrifying facts make book gripping, but author's solutions inspire: mandate food and waste composting, fund research, educate on costs of food

By Mark Bittman

The New York Times 2010-08-25

In rebuttal to NYT opinion piece, experts say locavores care for community, biodiversity, local economy, fresh foods, flavor, joy of eating, well-treated workers, fewer wide-reaching food-borne illnesses, public policy, diet-related disease - and food mil

By Tom Philpott

Grist 2010-08-20

Equalizing food pricing, food access, stress reduction and better food choices at workplace said critical in obesity fight; IBM spends double on medical claims for obese

By Natasha Singer

The New York Times 2010-08-22

Lunch tray offerings at 100 Chicago schools in HealthierUS Schools Challenge pilot will include different fruit and vegetable every day, whole grains every day, juice once a week

By Monica Eng

Chicago Tribune 2010-08-17

More research links pesticides to ADHD; 40 organophosphate pesticides are registered in US, with at least 73 million pounds used each year in agricultural, residential settings

By Thomas H. Maugh II

Los Angeles Times 2010-08-19

Obesity in mice caused in part by gut bacteria, say researchers; mice with bacteria from obese mice ate more, developed metabolic syndrome; antibiotics can prevent syndrome

By Sarah P. Williams

HHMI Bulletin 2010-08-10

Mediterranean diet, rich in fish, olive oil, tomatoes, watermelons, orangs, whole grains - and red wine - can help protect skin from sun's harmful rays, researcher says

Tel Aviv University 2010-08-16

Arthritis may be linked to nutrition deficits in womb, early childhood, moose researchers note; one theory posits that nutrition may amplify or jump-start responsible genes

By Pam Belluck

The New York Times 2010-08-16

Obesity, environmental chemicals may be catalysts for earlier puberty in girls, researchers say

By Denise Grady

The New York Times 2010-08-09

Deficiency in alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) plus chronic excess of linoleic acid (omega-6) may lead to inherited obesity; Western diet has increased more than 250 percent in levels of omega-6 intake, dropped omega-3 by 40 percent in 40 years

By Nathan Gray News Media 2010-08-06

Diet has dominant role in shaping gut bacteria and may be a cause of chronic disease, obesity, results of study indicate

By Caroline Scott-Thomas News Media 2010-08-06

Sodium, excess of which raises risk for diet-related disease, lurks in processed and restaurant foods; to cut intake, eat fresh produce instead, consume smaller portions

By Betsy McKay

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-08-03

Farmers, impoverished rural residents pay for China's breakneck economic boom with water and air pollution, livestock ills, increasing levels of human disease

By Jonathan Watts

The Guardian (UK) 2010-06-07

Health experts say soda and low-nutrient, high-calorie junk foods have no place in taxpayer-funded food stamp market basket

By Meg Haskell

Bangor Daily News 2010-07-27

Opinion: Increase in health literacy crucial; reducing infant mortality is laudable, but if we fail to teach healthy eating habits, kids will develop diabetes

By George “Chip” Morris

Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee, WI) 2010-07-24

Perdue, Tyson, Pilgrim's Pride fight over whether injections of salt, water maintain "natural" label on chickens; USDA promises new proposed rules

By Juliana Barbassa

The Associated Press; 2010-07-30

Regular consumption of calcium supplements increases risk of heart attack by about 30 percent, analysis of 15 studies involving 12,000 people suggests

By Nathan Gray News Media 2010-07-30

As fight against obesity ramps up, funds for anti-smoking programs diverted; 1 in 5 smokes, but 1 in 3 obese

By Duff Wilson

The New York Times 2010-07-27

USDA researchers exploring cinnamon, other spices for beneficial effects on insulin levels, related functions

By Mike Stones News Media 2010-07-23

Opinion: Lacking in diet-related disease talk is time-focus model, where public, stakeholders engage along with policy makers every few years to renew, reform programs

By Marc Ambinder

The Atlantic 2010-07-23

UK department store, noting childhood obesity, launches line of school uniforms that includes clothes for preschoolers with waistlines usually the size of 8-year-olds

BBC 2010-07-25

Sugar-heavy cereals continues to rule kids' TV as industry opposes effort to limit ads targeting children and regulators disagree on approach

By William Neuman

The New York Times 2010-07-23

Opinion: Tories' attack on Jamie Oliver reflects values of conservatives, who embrace permissiveness in children's food, but not in matters of sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll

By Tom Laskawy

Grist 2010-07-02

Hospitals push to limit antibiotic use in livestock, pledge to improve quality, sustainability of food served; sector spends $9.6 billion on food and drink annually

By Monica Eng

Chicago Tribune 2010-07-18

Moral licensing is emerging field of study that probes good/bad balance sheet in our heads that allows us to order Quarter Pounder and fries - with Diet Coke

By Michael S. Rosenwald

The Washington Post 2010-07-18

Opinion: Policies that protect our health are fully American - when a bottle of soda costs less than a bag of oranges, we can't experience our full range of choices

By Larry Cohen

The Huffington Post 2010-07-08

High blood levels of vitamin D, sunshine vitamin, may cut risk of developing Parkinson's disease by 67 per cent, says study

By Stephen Daniells News Media 2010-07-13

Opinion: Behavioral economics has its limits - with obesity, we focus on food labeling rather than mustering political will to change relative price of healthful, unhealthful foods

By George Loewenstein and Peter Ubel

The New York Times 2010-07-15

Lawmaker's bill could raise billions to fund child nutrition and anti-obesity initiatives by preventing junk food, fast food companies from writing off ads targeted to kids

By Lucia Graves

The Huffington Post 2010-07-12

Scientists gather information on microbes that infuse us, linking some to obesity, others to reduced incidence of autoimmune disease in children who live on farms

By Carl Zimmer

The New York Times 2010-07-13

Hedonic or homeostatic? Scientists use brain imaging to understand how lure of food can overrule body's mechanisms that regulate hunger, satiety

By Melinda Beck

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-07-13

Opinion/blog: Let's create a new award at Cannes for not advertising to children

By Alex Bugosky

alexbogusky's posterous 2010-06-24

"This should scare the pants off employers," says researcher, warning of obesity trends, resulting rise in diet-related disease, health care costs in future work force

By John Richardson

The Portland Press Herald 2010-07-09

Obesity, a major risk factor in adult acid reflux disease, also increases risk in children, study shows

By Salynn Boyles

WebMd News 2010-07-09

Soda tax would cut obesity rates because small decrease in calorie intake would reclassify many slightly overweight or obese people, USDA says

By Jane Black

The Washington Post 2010-07-08

McDonald's fights criticism of placing toys in children's meals; in 2006, fast-food restaurants sold 1.2 billion-plus such meals to little kids

By Monica Eng and Alejandra Cancino

Chicago Tribune 2010-07-08

Opinion: Photo of deep-dish pizza, Illinois' most bad-for-your food with 40 grams of fat per serving, made us want to take a bite of computer screen

The editors

Chicago Tribune 2010-07-02

Opinion: New health care law, with prevention panel, could turn current "sick care" system into one that helps keep people healthy

By John Seffrin, Larry Hausner and Nancy Brown

Politico 2010-06-15

Jamie Oliver fires back after health secretary says UK school food changes failed and that obesity is matter of personal responsibility

By Denis Campbell

The Guardian (UK) 2010-06-30

Opinion: San Francisco supervisor's "charge for harm" alcohol fee bill focuses on serious problem, targets $15 million in annual costs, and could make difference

By C.W. Nevius

San Francisco Chronicle 2010-07-01

Government makes $250 million available for preventive health care programs, including those targeting behavior, obesity, fitness

UPI 2010-06-23

Eat more vegetables, whole grains, less fatty meats, salt and sugar, says dietary panel

By Eliza Gray

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-06-16

Opinion: To curb obesity epidemic, limit ads from companies selling high-fat, high-salt, high-sugar products - and subsidize vegetables, not corn

By David Lazarus

Los Angeles Times 2010-06-29

Opinion: Food giants' health messages lost to World Cup spectators as they trot from sofa to fridge

By Jess Halliday

Decision News/ 2010-06-14

Exploding obesity rates, need for funds to repair earthquake damage give rise to unpopular talk of taxing junk food, warnings on fatty foods in Chile

By Pascale Bonnefoy

Global Post 2010-06-04

Rising rates of obesity contribute to more birth defects, more deaths for moms, babies and record-high rates of Caesareans, evidence suggests

By Anemona Hartocollis

The New York Times 2010-06-05

Despite challenges of poor funding and inadequate equipment, D.C.'s top chefs adopt schools to improve food served to children

By Jane Black

The Washington Post 2010-06-04

Processed food industry using "delay and divert" strategy to defend salt, its low-cost way to create tastes, textures that work with fat and sugar to achieve flavors that grip consumers and do not let go

By Michael Moss

The New York Times 2010-05-30

Though cheap food is pillar of economy, it is increasingly contested by groups citing its costs to society, environment, public health, animal welfare and gastronomy

By Michael Pollan

The New York Review of Books 2010-06-10

D.C. Council OKs "gold standard" for school meals, minus strict calorie standards below USDA minimum; soda tax might foot bill

By Tim Craig

The Washington Post 2010-05-05

Opinion: How next UK government handles farming and environment policy, role of food in public health, and industry-business links crucial for healthy food sector, healthy population

By Jess Halliday News Media 2010-05-04

Processed carbohydrates, not fat, more likely to cause diet-related disease, analysis of studies shows, but will Dietary Guidelines reflect new data?

By Melinda Wenner Moyer

Scientific American 2010-05-01

Opinion: Sugar lobby to blame for overly sweet school meals and snacks; children will eat healthier foods when served them

By Marion Nestle

San Francisco Chronicle 2010-05-02

DC council launching "gold standard" wellness regimen that limits sodium, fat, refined items in school meals, increases P.E. time; soda tax mulled

By Tim Craig

The Washington Post 2010-05-02

Citing obesity epidemic as emerging national security threat, retired military officers urge Congress to fund, support better school meals

By Mary Clare Jalonick

The Associated Press; The Washington Post 2010-04-20

Citing report that finds most Americans consume dangerous levels of sodium, lawmakers urge speed in setting limits for processed food industry

By Lyndsey Layton

The Washington Post 2010-04-21

Insurance firm teams with YMCA to offer free diet, exercise pilot to fight diabetes; cost of treating both diabetes and pre-diabetes exceeds $200 billion a year

By Reed Abelson

The New York Times 2010-04-13

Big insurance companies own billions in stock of five largest fast-food companies; researchers point to "disconnect"

By Sarah Klein

CNN 2010-04-15

Jamie Oliver, exuding authority and unstoppable purpose on America, obesity and his "Food Revolution"

By Janice Turner

The Times (UK) 2010-04-10

Opinion: Biggest bang for our taxpayer dollars is childhood obesity prevention; Let's Move starts process of making children's food healthier

By David Wallinga, M.D.

The Huffington Post 2010-04-09

Opinion: With child obesity growing three times faster than adult obesity, problem is nothing short of child abuse and it needs broad-based interventions

By Susan Dentzer

Health Affairs 2010-03-04

Opinion: Tax junk food to provide school health education under Michigan Model for healthier kids, savings in medical costs

By Lotus Yu

Detroit Free Press 2010-04-05

As Thailand prospers, its cultural love of sugar sparks diabetes epidemic

By Patrick Winn

GlobalPost 2010-04-07

Opinion: With food and beverage marketers spending $2 billion a year to reach children, we need FTC as cop on beat of wayward marketers

By Katrina vanden Heuvel

The Washington Post 2010-04-06

Opinion: Michelle Obama, mother of young children, African-American from working-class family, is right person to deliver message of healthy fare

By Susan Reimer

The Baltimore Sun 2010-03-29

Opinion: Evidence of industry's attempt to induce addictive behavior with continuous access to enticing junk food bait - and resulting obesity ills of Americans - requires broad-based shift in attitudes

The editors

USA Today 2010-03-31

Opinion: Forcing higher premiums on those who overeat oversimplifies complex issue that includes social status, income, family dynamics, education, genetics

By Sandeep Jauhar, M.D.

The New York Times 2010-03-29

As Jamie Oliver's "Food Revolution" shows, subject is political - from soda taxes to corn subsidies, it's about health care costs, environmentalism, education, agriculture, class, culture

By James Poniewozik

Time magazine 2010-04-05

Bart Hoebel, senior researcher on study that links high-fructose corn syrup to obesity in rats, parries criticisms of nutrition professor

By Jennifer LaRue Huget

The Washington Post 2010-03-26

Lawmakers move to fund school meal improvements by cutting anti-pollution programs rather than crop subsidies linked to obesity epidemic

By Carolyn Lochhead

San Francisco Chronicle 2010-03-25

Biology of weight gain could be key to slimming our collective waistline, if scientists can use knowledge to create treatments

By Alice Park

Time magazine 2010-03-23

High-fructose corn syrup linked to significant weight gain, abnormal increases in body fat (especially in abdomen), triglycerides rise in rat study

By Hilary Parker

Princeton University 2010-03-22

Evidence links obesity to breast, colon, endometrial, esophageal, kidney and pancreas cancer

By Devon Schuyler

Los Angeles Times 2010-03-22

American innovations in food, transportation, technology are global fat-making machine, at great cost to our health, nation's economy

By Claudia Kalb

Newsweek magazine 2010-03-14

Opinion: With 70 percent of antibiotics fed to healthy livestock, they're ineffective for sick people; we are brewing a perfect pandemic

By Nicholas D. Kristof

The New York Times 2010-03-07

McDonald's gains Weight Watchers' endorsement of three products in New Zealand; obesity experts say it's a ploy

The Associated Press; The Guardian 2010-03-03

Links found between gut microbes, obesity in mice; researcher now looking for same signs in humans with metabolic syndrome

By Brandon Keim

Wired Science 2010-03-04

Childhood obesity disease processes may start earlier than previously believed; concern is whether risks are cumulative, researchers say

By Shirley S. Wang

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-03-01

Anti-fat rhetoric often linked to rising health care costs, but sociologist says real anger may be about society's overconsumption

By Marni Jameson

Chicago Tribune 2010-02-28

Researchers call for diet featuring antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables in effort to combat rising rates of Type 2 diabetes

By Jane Byrne News Media 2010-02-23

Opinion: Visitors at hospital's cardiac wing can eventually become patients by eating fatty/salty/sweet snacks from vending machines

By Bernadette Dryden

Columbia Daily Tribune (MO) 2010-02-21

After Denmark bans livestock antibiotics to protect human health, its pork imports grow by 43 percent; US farmer group cites higher costs

By Katie Couric

CBS News 2010-02-10

Link between television viewing, childhood obesity directly related to children's exposure to ads for unhealthy foods, study shows

By Sarah Anderson

Science Daily 2010-02-10

Opinion: Costs of upgrading school meals are minimal when compared with benefits and savings in long-term health care costs

By Bonnie Erbe

Scripps Howard News Service 2010-02-09

High-powered childhood obesity task force to review every program, policy relating to child nutrition, physical activity

By Jane Black

The Washington Post 2010-02-09

Feds launch online atlas that assembles food environment stats, diet-related disease rates, overviews of county-level access to healthy foods

Economic Research Service 2010-02-08

With public-private coalition, First Lady aims to end childhood obesity in a generation

By Mimi Hall and Nanci Hellmich

USA Today 2010-02-09

Opinion: To reduce childhood obesity, fix Farm Bill, which determines what children eat at school meals and subsidizes main ingredients of junk food - corn, wheat, soy

By Karen Nelson

Tucson Citizen 2010-02-08

Opinion: Because obesity threatens national security, group of military retirees calls for extra funding to improve school meals, snacks, other nutrition programs

By Johnnie E. Wilson

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2010-02-08

Opinion: In halls of Congress, "finish the kitchen" becomes metaphor for health-care reform

By E.J. Dionne Jr.

The Washington Post 2010-02-08

Soda lobby, joined by paper industry, some truckers, kills plan to tax sugared beverages

By Tom Hamburger and Kim Geiger

Los Angeles Times 2010-02-06

Fish oil supplements can head off first psychotic episodes, study shows

By Melissa Healy

Los Angeles Times 2010-02-01

Discrimination, obstacles to diagnosis hamper health care for obese, studies show

By Ginny Graves; CNN 2010-01-21

Opinion: Strengthening Child Nutrition Act will improve nation's fiscal health, national security

By Debra Eschmeyer

The Huffington Post 2010-01-27

Opinion: As urban youths see bleak future of diet-related disease, Eat Smart, a cooking, gardening program scrambles for funding

By James E. Causey

Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee, WI) 2010-01-23

Opinion: Raising alcohol tax would close Maryland's budget shortfall, improve services and save lives by cutting liquor consumption

The editors

The Washington Post 2010-01-29

Opinion: Cracking down on junk food that children use to supplement or replace school lunches is a no-brainer step in right direction

The editors

The Boston Globe 2010-01-28

Massachusetts lawmakers propose bill to improve school meals and creation of gubernatorial panel on childhood obesity

By Kyle Cheney

Statehouse News Service; The Dedham Transcript (MA) 2010-01-25

Citing obesity, diabetes rates of suburban D.C. county, Maryland lawmaker wants moratorium on fast-food eateries

By Ovetta Wiggins

The Washington Post 2010-01-26

High blood pressure damages brain, is factor in dementia, study shows

By Lauran Neergaard

The Associated Press; Detroit Free Press 2010-01-26

New study suggests thin people can face health risks from hidden fat

By Ron Winslow

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-01-26

Cut dietary salt (mostly from processed foods) to prevent heart attacks, strokes, death, study says

By Shirley S. Wang

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2010-01-21

Lawmakers urge Vilsack to enact curbs on antibiotic use in livestock to reduce threat to human health

By Philip Brasher

The Des Moines Register 2010-01-20

Farmers' diversified agriculture system may solve energy, health care and climate crises, Michael Pollan tells farmers

By Matthew Weaver

Capital Press (Salem, OR) 2010-01-17

As population grows in girth, European governments consider fat tax

Der Spiegel 2010-01-11

NYC mayor plans initiative urging food makers, chain restaurants to cut salt

By William Neuman

The New York Times 2010-01-11

Opinion: Gardens secondary to helping vulnerable pupils "read Shakespeare and laugh at the right places"

By Caitlin Flanagan

The Atlantic 2010-01-10

$10 per person against obesity, smoking would save $16 billion-plus in yearly treatment costs in 5 years, study shows

By Amber Dance

Los Angeles Times 2009-12-28

Top 10 issues in 2010: Hunger, childhood obesity, food safety rules, food ads and labels, meat, sustainable agriculture, GM, chemicals, salt and Dietary Guidelines

By Marion Nestle

San Francisco Chronicle 2010-01-03

Books: 'Food Rules' backed by science, framed by culture

By Michael Pollan

The Huffington Post 2010-01-04

Habitual consumption of fast-food burgers, fried chicken linked to diabetes

By Joene Hendry

Reuters; ABC News 2009-12-29

Zinc may fight viruses, but overload linked to balance, memory problems and nasal nerve damage

By Emily Sohn

Los Angeles Times 2009-12-21

Rise in childhood obesity rates increases charges of abuse, neglect

By Amina Khan

Los Angeles Times 2009-12-21

70 percent of youth ads push sugary cereals, fast food, sweet snacks

By Mary MacVean

Los Angeles Times 2009-12-15

Coffee, tea consumption may protect against diabetes, meta study shows

By Jeannine Stein

Los Angeles Times 2009-12-14

Regional foodsheds can reverse obesity, MIT researchers say

By Peter Dizikes

MIT News 2009-11-10

Hospital funds expansion of chef's healthy food lessons

As Jamie Oliver wraps up filming 'Food Revolution,' a show that promotes healthy eating, hospital donates $80,000 to fund assessment and overhaul of menus of West Virginia county's 28 public schools. Hospital also donates $50,000 to keep chef's teaching kitchen open. And: Naked Chef isn't a diet cop; he's about scratch cooking, which means avoiding processed and fast food, learning pride of ownership, encouraging sparks of creativity and finding reasons to gather family and friends in one place (click 'See also').

By Veronica Nett

The Charleston Gazette (WV) 2009-11-21

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Start-up says health care reform begins on the plate

Start-up with backing from Groupe Danone undertakes health care reform by using a simple, low-tech premise: Eat healthier food to become healthier. Idea is to help companies move employees to better diets that, the logic goes, will reduce medical needs, thus cutting costs. Food is cheapest, simplest, most pleasurable way to deal with health, says head of Full Yield. Study shows that 75 percent of country's $2.5 trillion in health care spending addresses increasingly prevalent chronic diseases: obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer.

By Melanie Warner

The New York Times 2009-11-29

Diabetes rates likely to double, may exceed all projected Medicare costs

Diabetes cases projected to nearly double in U.S. in next 25 years, nearly tripling care costs; Medicare spending on diabetes expected to jump from $45 billion to $171 billion and could exceed projections for all Medicare costs, study shows. Researchers' estimates based on stable obesity rates. Greatest growth in obesity has been among obese diabetics who are getting heavier, but focusing solely on overall obesity rates minimizes the magnitude of a massive public health problem, says researcher.

By Deborah L. Shelton

Chicago Tribune 2009-11-27

Experts rethinking nature of alcohol and addiction

Humans rarely reach point of powerlessness over alcohol, addiction experts say. Many drinkers can evaluate habits and, using knowledge about genetic and behavioral risks of addiction, change them if necessary. Even some people with alcohol-use disorders, they say, can cut back before it disrupts education, ruins careers and damages health. Data suggest there are two forms of alcohol disorders: one in which the need for a drink takes over a person's life, and form in which people drink heavily for a period but then cut down and recover. And: Novelist Mary Karr describes her drinking in 'Lit' (click 'See also').

By Shari Roan

Los Angeles Times 2009-11-16

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Major study shows fasting unnecessary before cholesterol test

Fasting unnecessary before cholesterol tests, results from major study show. Cambridge researchers found that results from 300,000 people in 68 long-term surveys in 21 countries were just as accurate if patient had eaten before test. Study adds to ongoing controversy over whether testing for blood proteins called apolipoproteins is more reliable way of predicting heart risk than cholesterol testing.

BBC News 2009-11-11

Palm oil group rebuked for failing to include GHG standards in criteria

Palm oil group, at meeting, chooses not to include greenhouse gas emissions standards in criteria for 'sustainable' palm oil, but agrees on emissions from fertilizer use, fuel use, mill wastes, maintenance of water level in plantations on peat. Among 389 members are Unilever, Nestle, Conservation International, WWF. Environmental group publishes list of loopholes in accord; another calls it 'greenwash.' And: Palm oil, used in margarine, shortening, baked goods, candies, is high in saturated fat and promotes heart disease, research shows (click 'See also).

By Pete Browne

The New York Times 2009-11-06

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Lobbyists fight soda tax as health care reform funding source

During the first nine months of 2009, soda makers, supermarket companies, agriculture, fast-food business spent more than $24 million lobbying Congress on issue of tax on sweetened beverages plus other legislative and regulatory issues, reports show. Coalition fears what could be movement to raise money for health care reform by taxing sweetened beverages. Farm-dominated Senate Finance Committee sympathetic to food industry; Max Baucus hails from Montana, large producer of sugar beets; Iowa, home state of Chuck Grassley, is nation's largest producer of corn.

By Christine Spolar and Joseph Eaton

The Huffington Post 2009-11-06

Opinion: Health care new battlefront for more food industry rules

Opinion: Health care new battlefront for more food industry rules

Nevil C. Speer

Agriculture under siege from unrelenting campaign bent on denigrating our mission to feed the world; new front of battle is personal and global connotations (or lack thereof) for all types of food - McDonald's hamburgers, bean sprouts - and/or production systems. Anti-agriculture activists, food police potentially have new venue - health care - for uniting; convergence enables them to leverage ideology, impose new regulation. Agriculture, entire food industry has as much, if not more, stake in this debate than any other industry. We better get with it.

By Nevil C. Speer

Cattle Network 2009-11-04

Senate's plan to reward diet, exercise choices criticized

Rewarding employees for losing weight, exercising undercuts reformists' anti-bias vow for those with pre-existing medical conditions and could mean higher insurance rates for less-fit Americans, critics of Senate plan say. Safeway grocery chain uses reduced car insurance premiums for good drivers as model. If employees pass annual test that measures obesity, blood pressure, cholesterol and smoking, they get 20 percent discount on insurance cost. And: Seventy percent of health-care costs are direct result of behavior; 74 percent of all costs caused by heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, writes Safeway head (click 'See also').

By Janet Hook

Los Angeles Times 2009-11-04

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Cooking methods can cut disease risk, study shows

Switching cooking methods to poaching, stewing, steaming, plus avoiding pre-packaged and fast foods reduces compounds in body that may increase risk of diabetes, heart disease, study shows. Toxic compounds, ubiquitous and addictive since they add flavor to foods, are produced by heating, pasteurization, drying, smoking, frying or grilling, researcher says.

By Stephen Daniells News Media 2009-11-04

Study links depression to diet heavy in processed foods

People with diet heavy in processed foods more vulnerable to depression than those with highest intake of whole foods, limited British study indicates. Researchers say that food should play greater role in preventing depressive disorders. Beneficial effect could be from cumulative effect of several nutrients - folate, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants; depression link could be caused by heart disease, inflammation, both aggravated by highly processed diet.

By Jess Halliday News Media 2009-11-02

School meals may face more pork if USDA buys surplus

Feds undecided on whether to buy $50 million of pork to support industry; producers ask that it go for food assistance programs. And: Nation's schoolchildren are fed, in large part, by over-produced agricultural commodities that are promised a market by Farm Bill (click 'See also'). USDA buys hundreds of millions of pounds of excess beef, pork, milk and other meat and dairy products to bolster or normalize dropping prices, then dumps raw commodities into National School Lunch Program. Nearly half of U.S. children forecast to be overweight or obese by 2010.

By Charles Abbott

Reuters 2009-10-22

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Junk food, heroin elicit similar addictive behaviors in rat study

Junk food, heroin elicit similar addictive behaviors in rat study


Diet of Ho Hos, sausage, pound cake, bacon and cheesecake elicits addictive behavior in rats similar to behaviors of rats addicted to heroin, study shows. Pleasure centers in brains of rats addicted to junk food became less responsive as bingeing wore on, so rats ate more and became obese - despite receiving foot shock while eating high-fat foods. When junk food was replaced with nutritious chow ('salad,' says researcher), obese rats refused to eat. And: For 40 of 43 rats, sweetened water wins out over cocaine (click 'See also').

By Laura Sanders

Discovery News/Science News 2009-10-21

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Some diabetics choose diet, exercise over trend of insulin

Some Type 2 diabetics buck trend of lifestyle, medicines, then insulin, and with help of like-minded physicians, choose rigorous diet and exercise. But other physicians say main goal is blood sugar control. All agree that controlled diet, weight loss, exercise beneficial. Weight loss reduces blood sugar, decreases medicine need, brings lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure. And: Gut hormones - incretins - might reboot pancreas for those with the diet-related disease (click 'See also').

By Marni Jameson

Los Angeles Times 2009-10-26

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Cut calories, add vegetables, whole grains to school lunches

Panel calls for calorie, sodium limits in USDA school lunch program, plus weekly amounts for dark green and orange vegetables, grains, and animal protein/dairy for each age group. Fruits, vegetables are not interchangeable, it said. It also calls for replacement of refined grains with whole grains, and for low-fat or skim milk. Recommendations reflect 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans; standards for school meals haven't been updated since 1995. Institute of Medicine panel says feds must increase reimbursement to fund changes.

By Mary MacVean

Los Angeles Times 2009-10-20

Pesticides, pollution in food supply linked to obesity epidemic

Environmental chemicals may well account for good part of obesity epidemic, especially in those under 50, and may cause spike in infant obesity rates. Certain hormone-mimicking pollutants throughout food chain act on genes in developing fetus, newborns to reprogram precursor cells into lifelong fat cells, and they may alter metabolic rate, turning body into physiological Scrooge, research shows. Other research reports that the more pesticides children were exposed to as fetuses, the greater their risk of being overweight as toddlers; children exposed to higher levels of PCBs and DDT-related chemical before birth were fatter than others.

By Sharon Begley

Newsweek magazine 2009-09-21

Citing state's obesity bill, mayor wants fee from stores that sell sugary drinks

San Francisco mayor plans bill that would charge fee to retailers that sell sugary beverages. Motivation is UCLA study that links soda, obesity in California. Adults who drink at least one soft drink daily are 27 percent more likely to be obese than those who don't, researchers say, and soda consumption is fueling state's $41 billion annual obesity bill. San Francisco would be first city to levy fee on soda if, as expected, it is approved. And: Tax of penny per ounce on such drinks would raise $14.9 billion in its first year (click 'See also').

By Heather Knight

San Francisco Chronicle 2009-09-18

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Medicaid needs policy guidelines on diet-related disease care

Medicaid should hasten policy rules on obesity-related services for children, and consider need for guidance on similar services for adults, GAO says in report requested by Sen. Max Baucus. Many children, adults in Medicaid program are obese and need preventive services. And: Last year, Medicare spent $7 billion on diet-related disease drugs; obesity-related medical treatments cost $147 billion in 2008 (click 'See also').

American Hospital Association 2009-09-14

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Make obesity prevention national priority, researchers urge

With more than 92 percent of Americans at risk for heart disease, potential exists to reverse ominous trends if obesity prevention becomes national priority and is folded into schools, workplaces, researchers write. Looming problems are blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, all time bombs, since 32 percent of U.S. children are now overweight or obese. Once they reach adulthood, their heart-disease risk could cause national numbers to explode. Authors call for physicians to be reimbursed for prevention measures, including weight-loss plans. And: Real source of obesity epidemic is federal corn subsidies (click 'See also').

By Jeffrey Kluger

Time magazine 2009-09-14

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Calibrated school lunches undermined by twice-daily junk food buys

Children's ritual visits to corner market - often before and after school - add average of 360 calories (per visit) to their daily total, subverting fine-tuning of school lunches, upping their odds of obesity-related disease. Food Trust, other Philadelphia health groups see opportunity to reduce calories, and chopped fruit salad sales are up, but their 50-cent bottled water languishes. No mystery: Mini-Hugs (colored sugar water) fly off the shelf at 25 cents, which leaves a quarter to buy a cake called Elim's Delight.

By Rick Nichols

The Philadelphia Inquirer 2009-09-17

Soda tax gains traction as health care funding source

Prominent doctors, scientists, policy makers say soda tax could be powerful weapon in reducing obesity, as cigarette taxes help curb smoking. Tax of penny per ounce on soft drinks, energy drinks, sports beverages, many juices and iced teas would raise $14.9 billion in its first year. Soda research shows that for every 10 percent rise in price, consumption falls 8 to 10 percent. Expert says tax is justified in part because obesity, diabetes often treated with public funds through Medicaid, Medicare.

By William Neuman

The New York TImes 2009-09-16

Opinion: Feds subsidize causes, treatment of diet-related disease

By not addressing food system reform in health care reform, government is putting itself in position of subsidizing both the costs of treating Type 2 diabetes and consumption of high-fructose corn syrup. One of the leading products of American food industry has become patients for American health care industry. When terms like 'pre-existing conditions' vanish, relationship between health insurance industry and food industry will change. When health insurers can no longer evade costs of treating results of American diet, food system reform movement - farm policy, food marketing, school lunches - will gain powerful, wealthy ally.

By Michael Pollan

The New York TImes 2009-09-10

Weed extract shows promise against diet-related disease

Weed extract shows promise against diet-related disease

States where kudzu is considered invasive.

Kudzu, long used as health food in China, Japan, shows promise in fight against metabolic syndrome. After two months of taking root extract, rats in study had lower cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and insulin levels than control group. Invasive vine covers 10 million acres in South. And: Study shows kudzu's ability to cut alcohol consumption (click 'See also').

Science Daily 2009-08-27

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Cut sugar intake for optimum health, says heart group

Cut sugar intake for optimum health, says heart group

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Citing links to diet-related diseases, American Heart Association sets suggested limits on sugar intake for men, women. Soft drinks, ketchup, barbecue sauce, 'reduced' salad dressings, granola bars, flavored popcorn among processed, packaged items packing extra sugar calories. And: Our brains aren't fooled by sugar substitutes, fMRI study shows (click 'See also').

By Sarah Baldauf

U.S. News & World Report 2009-08-24

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Opinion: Toward a smarter, sustainable food supply

Radical changes in the way we grow food (click 'See also') will increase our grocery bills, and that doesn't make sense in recession. But shoppers, farmers, ranchers, policymakers could help create a more sustainable agricultural system by examining impact of potential farm on water supply, soil resources and manure disposal; supporting experiments that explore smart use of water; choosing locally grown produce and products, and meats raised on less corn and without antibiotics. Feds should look for opportunities to buy produce from local farmers who use techniques that don't damage soils or environment.

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The Dallas Morning News 2009-08-28

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Diet, not exercise, more effective in weight loss efforts

It's what you eat, not how hard you try to work it off, that matters more in losing weight, researchers discovering. In addition to enhancing heart health and helping prevent disease, exercise improves mental health, cognitive ability. Many obesity researchers now believe that very frequent, low-level physical activity may work better than occasional bouts of exercise as a gym rat, especially if reward for hard workout is perfectly salted, golden-brown French fries.

By John Cloud

Time magazine 2009-08-09

Obesity and the rush to judgment of gluttony, sloth

Despite U.S. status as XL nation (CDC says 66 percent of adults are overweight or obese), there's still stigma, anger against fat. As nation, we value hard work and discipline, and it's hard to accept that weight isn't just gluttony or sloth. Fat self is 'bad self,' says one expert; another says that people who are angry at themselves for not being able to manage their weight are more likely to be biased. Then there's idea that our woes result from difficult circumstances, while others make bad choices. Anger, too, is ego-boosting, says another. Then there's report that obesity costs $147 billion a year, mainly in insurance premiums and taxes. Better goal is to fight obesity, not obese.

By Kate Dailey and Abby Ellin 2009-08-26

Prescription drug use rates follow rise in diet-related disease

Incidence of diet-related disease pushes West Virginia, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky and Missouri above national average in prescription drug use rates. West Virginia filled 17.7 prescriptions per capita compared to national average of 11.5. In 2008, prescription drug sales reached $291.5 billion. And: Heart group links diet-related disease to sugary beverages, urges 100-calorie limit for women, 150 for men (click 'See also').

By Rebecca Ruiz

Forbes magazine 2009-08-17

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'Unknown' cholesterol in fried, processed foods tied to heart woes

Oxycholesterol, found in fried foods, processed foods, may pose biggest heart health threat, researchers say. In hamster study, substance boosted total cholesterol levels as much as 22 percent and left deposits of cholesterol in artery linings. Oxidized cholesterol likely isn't affected by statin medicines, but researcher says that antioxidant diet rich in phytosterols and phytostanols, found in vegetables, fruits, whole grains (click 'See also') would decrease cholesterol absorption.

By Stephen Daniells News Media 2009-08-21

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Solving U.S. food crisis begins with awakening the public

Industrial food system is based on selective forgetting and hidden costs: erosion of farmland, dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico, cages for egg-laying chickens so packed that birds can't raise their wings, rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria among farm animals, acceleration of global warming, lapses in food safety, obesity epidemic that cost us extra $147 billion in doctor bills last year, the $50 billion-plus of taxpayer money poured into corn industry in last 10 years that makes fatty, sugary foods cheap and funds factory-farming of meat. With those price supports, a dollar buys 875 calories of soda, 250 calories of vegetables or 170 calories of fresh fruit. Consequences of food choices can no longer be ignored.

By Bryan Walsh

Time magazine 2009-08-20

Physician forced out after disparaging doughnut chain's product

Florida health department physician fighting 'controversial' one-man war against obesity resigns under fire after county commissioner and lawyers who own doughnut stores take offense at signs that parody its slogan - 'America Runs on Dunkin.'' He is reapplying for his job. In 2007, 39 percent of all adults were overweight; one in four was considered obese in his Gulf Coast area of practice.

By Melissa Nelson

The Associated Press; Houston Chronicle (TX) 2009-08-13

Taking political responsibility for cutting obesity rates

Anyone who smoked in an elementary-school hallway today would be thrown out. But if you served an obesity-inducing, federally financed meal to kindergarten student, you would fit right in. Parents are working longer, and eating takeout; real price of fruits, vegetables has risen 40-plus percent in 30 years; soda prices have fallen 33 percent. Solutions to obesity epidemic involve civic - even political - responsibility. They depend on the kind of collective action that helped cut smoking rates nearly in half.

By David Leonhardt

The New York Times 2009-08-16

Opinion: With Child Nutrition Act, Congress must keep children's well-being, not industry, in mind

With upcoming reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, which regulates National School Lunch Program, Congress must reform policies that encourage children to eat unhealthy foods and that contribute to obesity epidemic, rising health-care costs. In 2007, the government allocated majority of child nutrition funds to meat, dairy, and eggs, only about 20 percent to fruits, vegetables. And: Primer on the bill, and how to get involved (click 'See also').

By Susan Levine

McClatchy-Tribune News Service; The Miami Herald 2009-08-02

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Opinion: Obesity epidemic demands prime-time address, slice in subsidies

When a quarter of your population has diabetes or is at risk, that screams for prime-time address. Obama has made no dent in farm subsidies that help agribusiness overproduce worthless calories, help Coke, Pepsi, McDonalds rank among most profitable companies for trash food and drinks. Capitol Hill must cut fat of subsidies, impose taxes on trash food producers, support cities and suburbs in redesigning streets, parks to support people who want to cycle or go out for a run and children who want to play outside.

By Derrick Z. Jackson

The Boston Globe 2009-08-01

Obesity epidemic ignored in health-care reform bills

Most health-care reform legislators ignore obesity epidemic. Expert says society uncomfortable with, or hasn't determined, reasons behind fat. She says it's a health care issue; conservative districts with most obese populations see fat as personal willpower/responsibility issue. Political danger alarms ring over data showing that obesity disproportionately affects poor and minority communities. Soda tax proposal seen as radical; food and beverage lobby spent $20 million-plus in Washington lobbying in 2008, contributed $15 million-plus to political campaigns in 2008 cycle. And: Obesity causing diseases that cost $147 billion last year, nearly 10 percent of all medical spending in nation (click 'See also').

By Lisa Lerer

Politico 2009-07-30

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Diet-related disease prevention enters debate on health care

In Congress, debate simmers over whether health care legislation should include preventive measures - farmers' markets, sidewalks, bike paths - to curb diet-related disease. Draft Senate bill would provide up to $10 billion annually for such community interventions; a 2008 report suggested that for $10 a person, U.S. could save $16 billion annually within five years in lower health care costs. Other lawmakers see ideas as wasteful spending.

By Kristina Sherry

Chicago Tribune 2009-08-05

Opinion: Growing, eating less meat benefits us, planet

Breaking meat addiction is important for our survival as individuals, and for our planet. Reduce the excess meat in your diet and you'll reduce your risk of developing certain cancers. Producing one kilogram of beef produces 15-25kg of greenhouse gas emissions. If a steak became a treat and not every pot had a chicken in it every night, the food system could produce less and farmers still receive fair returns.

By Jess Halliday News Media 2009-07-27

Anti-hot dog warnings included at hospital's new heart-failure clinic

Massachusetts hospital starts heart-failure clinic after learning its weak link for re-admissions is transition to home. It provides list of off-limits foods, adds phone system that relays patients' daily vital signs. But one patient didn't get the no-hot dog warning, was readmitted; nurse learned that sodium in baked beans, daily lunches from Meals on Wheels, plus hot dog (with 1,000 mg sodium), likely contributed.

By Ron Winslow and Jacob Goldstein

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-07-28

Diet-related disease drives up health-care costs, study shows

Each obese patient cost health insurers, federal programs $1,429, or 42 percent more than normal-weight patient in 2006, study shows. Obesity-related medical treatments cost $147 billion in 2008, an 87 percent increase in past decade; rates of obesity, a major cause of diabetes, stroke, heart attacks, have more than doubled in last 30 years. Last year, Medicare spent $7 billion on diet-related disease drugs. A person is obese if body mass index is greater than 30 or weighs about 186 pounds for a person who is five feet, six inches tall. And: Calculate your BMI (click 'See also').

By Shannon Pettypiece

Bloomberg 2009-07-27

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Finding parallels in strategy of food industry, Big Tobacco

As diet-related disease epidemic continues, food industry strategy following page from Big Tobacco's playbook: Focus on personal responsibility as cause of nation's unhealthy diet, raise fears that government action usurps personal freedom, vilify critics with totalitarian language, criticize studies that hurt industry as 'junk science,' emphasize physical activity over diet, say there are no good or bad foods, and plant doubt when concerns are raised about industry.

By Kelly D. Brownell and Kenneth E. Warner

Milbank Quarterly 2009-03-01

Cargill cuts plant's production of hydrogenated oil

Cargill ends production of hydrogenated oil at Kansas plant. Demand has declined by 75 percent over last five years. Oil has been linked to artery clogging, heart disease; in 2006, FDA began requiring its presence listed on nutrition labels. Artificially created trans fats have been banned in New York City, Philadelphia and in California. And: FDA rules that allow up to 0.49g of trans fat per serving to be rounded to zero dupes shoppers (click 'See also').

By Caroline Scott-Thomas News Media 2009-07-21

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Three books offer dark view of obesity epidemic

Three books offer dark view of obesity epidemic

In three books, authors examine possible causes of obesity epidemic. We evolved on the treacherous savannahs but now live in Candyland ('The Evolution of Obesity,' by Michael L. Power and Jay Schulkin); putting on pounds made financial sense because costs of fats, oils and sodas dropped ('The Fattening of America,' by Eric Finkelstein and Laurie Zuckerman); and 'eatertainment' items containing fat, sugar, salt have been reëngineered to 'unlock the code of craveability' and 'cram as much hedonics as you can in one dish' ('The End of Overeating,' David A. Kessler). But problem goes beyond Value Meals, oceans of high-fructose corn syrup. Collecting maximum number of calories with least amount of effort is dream of every creature, even those too primitive to dream.

By Elizabeth Kolbert

The New Yorker 2009-07-20

First Lady sharpens focus to policies linked to obesity, preventive care, family support

First Lady sharpens focus to policies linked to obesity, preventive care, family support

After several months of focusing on her family, her garden and inspiring young people, Michelle Obama toughens message while taking care not to overstep bounds. She is taking on obesity, preventive care and corresponding government policies and legislation, as well as those of supporting military, working families.

By Rachel L. Swarns

The New York TImes 2009-07-18

First Lady, staff focusing on children's food issues

Challenge for Michelle Obama and staff is to craft strategy that uses her clout to make how we eat an integral part of national health-care debate. In September, during Congressional debate over funding for child nutrition programs including school meals, staffers say First Lady will continue to link personal to political by gardening and by cooking - and by eating with her family and with students.

By Jane Black

The Washington Post 2009-07-15

As workers' diet-related health costs rise, employer mandates checkups

After years of steep costs for employees' diabetes, heart disease, Pennsylvania firm mandates free health testing and some workers get 'wake-up call,' make diet, lifestyle changes. In health reform efforts, chronic conditions like diabetes are major focus - they affect 130 million-plus Americans, account for three-quarters of total health spending.

By Anna Mathews

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-07-08

Opinion: Changing the food system, one meal at a time

Solutions to myriad problems with industrial food system aren't simple, and they may mean paying more for what we eat. But that could mean costs savings for fewer cases of diabetes, other diet-related diseases. We have power, the film, 'Food, Inc.' points out: 'You can vote to change the system three times a day.'

By Nicholas D. Kristof

The New York Times 2009-06-20

Real source of obesity epidemic is federal corn subsidies

While one hand of federal government campaigns against obesity epidemic, the other hand subsidizes it by writing farmers a check for every bushel of corn they can grow - undermining public-health goals by loosing tide of cheap calories. Challenge is to rewrite those rules, to develop new set of agricultural policies that don't subsidize overproduction - and overeating. Unless we deal with mountain of cheap grain that makes Happy Meal and Double Stuf Oreo such 'bargains,' calories will keep coming.

By Michael Pollan

The New York Times 2003-10-12

Physicians, others ask Obama for anti-obesity commission

Group of physicians, health organizations, nutrition experts ask Obama to create presidential commission to fight obesity. Commission would stimulate, coordinate agencies involved in food and health policy. Obesity costs $95 billion annually in medical expenditures, half of which are paid through Medicare and Medicaid; obesity rates have increased by 50 percent in 20 years. And: Previous corn-based public health crisis was not obesity but alcoholism, in early 19th century (click 'See also').

Center for Science in the Public Interest 2009-06-24

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Penny-pinching food choices fuel obesity epidemic

Number of Americans considered obese jumps 1.7 percent - almost 5.5 million people - in last year. Between 2003 and 2006, CDC measured no real growth in American obesity levels. The obese were less likely to have access to food, shelter and health care. Researchers speculate that increased stress of recession, combined with cost of healthy fresh foods (as compared to processed food), to blame.

By Kate Dailey

Newsweek/The Human Condition 2009-06-01

Opinion: Losing ability to tax 'entertainment' edibles

Idea that junk foods (those high in salt, fat and empty carbohydrates but low in nutrients) can escape tax category of entertainment products like cigarettes or booze gives unfair tax and price advantage to non-nutritious edibles over real food. Joining feds' scheme that harmonizes provincial and federal sales taxes means Ontario is giving up a cost-neutral way to shift behavior toward healthier choices, lower medical expenses. 'Pseudo-foods' account for about 31 per cent of supermarket sales.

By Wayne Roberts

Now Magaine (Toronto) 2009-04-08

Researchers find vinegar impedes fat buildup

Vinegar could prevent fat buildup, thus weight gain, mouse study shows. Vinegar worked at genetic level, by influencing genes linked to fatty acid oxidation and energy burning proteins, researchers learned. Previous research linked vinegar intake to eating less, reduction in cravings brought on by sugar peaks after meals. And: Adding vinegar to foods could enhance perception of saltiness (click 'See also').

By Stephen Daniells, Decision News Media 2009-06-18

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Growing sensible eating habits, with fast food as treat

At White House garden, Michelle Obama casts campaign for homegrown food as sensible eating strategy. She says that fighting obesity requires improving access to fresh produce in low-income communities, offering more nutritious food at schools, and overhauling how American families eat. She linked healthful eating to two major legislative initiatives: reauthorization of child nutrition programs, which fund school breakfast and lunch programs, and health-care reform. And: Watch the speech (click 'See also').

By Jane Black

The Washington Post 2009-06-17

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Difficulty of diet changes hinders prevention as reform goal

Despite broad consensus that it's cheaper to keep people healthy than to treat them for disease, rewards often fail to match costs of widespread testing and monitoring people with chronic diseases. Obstacles: Much of money spent on disease prevention goes for healthy people, and taking up regular exercise or eating healthier food is difficult, expert says.

By Janet Adamy

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-06-12

Review: Serving up a horror film for the dinner table

Review: Serving up a horror film for the dinner table

Food, Inc.

Needy family skips high-priced fruits, vegetables, choosing cheap fast food so dad can afford diabetes medicine.

"Food, Inc.," a mind-boggling, heart-rending, stomach-churning expose on food industry, makes case with methodical, relentless urgency of muckrakers trying to radicalize - or rouse - a dozing populace. And: Film shows we're living in a simulacrum, fed by machines run by larger machines with names like Monsanto, Perdue, Tyson that make everything (click 'See also'). We humans can win, but we should hurry, before Monsanto makes a time machine and sends back a Terminator to get rid of Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan.

By Amy Biancolli

San Francisco Chronicle 2009-06-12

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Legislation would include study of tobacco candy

Tobacco candy, estimated to contain half to three times nicotine of a cigarette, likely to to be studied for public health risks, especially to children. Lozenge-like Camel Orb in cell-phone shaped package being test-marketed in Portland, Indianapolis, Columbus. And: RJ Reynolds calls candy 'best tobacco you never smoked' (click 'See also').

By John Yaukey

Gannett News Service; Detroit Free Press 2008-05-20

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As recession deepens, dental care slips on priority list

Lost jobs, lost insurance, competing bills, plus fear of taking time off work and jeopardizing a job push dental care off priority list. But dentists warn against neglecting oral health; some accept payment plans, and clinics sometimes offer low-cost cleanings. And: Tooth problems make eating fresh produce difficult; diet heavy in soft, processed foods exacerbates serious ills, like diabetes (click 'See also').

By Mary Brophy Marcus

USA Today 2009-03-11

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Senate mulls soda 'sin tax' to fund health care reform

Senate leaders consider watchdog group's proposed tax on soda, some fruit drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks and ready-to-drink teas to help pay for health care reform. Proponents cite research linking consumption to diet-related disease, say tax would cut consumption, health problems, medical costs. Soda lobbyists say tax would hit lower-income Americans and wouldn't deter consumption. And: Amount of decline in smoking directly tied to size of state tax increase on cigarettes, analysis shows (click 'See also').

By Janet Adamy

The Wall Street Journal. (may require subscription) 2009-05-12

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Diet, lifestyle changes turn off disease-promoting genes, study shows

Major lifestyle changes, including eating diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and soy products, plus moderate exercise, daily stress management, changed genes of cancer patients, Dean Ornish study shows. Activity of disease-preventing genes increased; disease-promoting genes, including those involved in prostate cancer, breast cancer, shut down. 'In just three months, I can change hundreds of my genes simply by changing what I eat and how I live?' Exciting, says researcher.

By Will Dunham

Reuters 2009-05-11

Opinion: Reform health care by preventing diet-related chronic disease

Treating diet-related chronic disease accounts for 75 cents of every health care dollar, or $1.65 trillion in 2007, and 83 percent of Medicaid, 96 percent of Medicare. Nearly half of Americans have one or more chronic diseases; productivity loss is $1 trillion-plus per year. Though programs that reduce childhood obesity will cost money today, they will prevent heart disease 30 years later; feds must expand current 10-year time frame to determine true impact of healthier choices.

By Tommy G. Thompson

Politico 2009-04-30

Soot from primitive cooking stoves heating planet

Soot from primitive cooking stoves heating planet

Green Launches

Solar-powered oven called 'Kyoto Box' won its creator, Jon Bøhner, $75,000; a more durable version is in production in Nairobi (click 'See also').

Black carbon - soot from cooking with wood, dung or crop residues and from burning diesel, coal - found to be responsible for 18 percent of global warming. Replacing primitive cooking stoves could be stopgap, could avert worst projected consequences of global warming. Some villagers resist because food tastes different. Bill in Congress would require aid for black carbon reduction projects abroad, including introducing $20 solar-powered cookstoves in 20 million homes. And: $7 solar cooker wins $75,000 prize (click 'See also').

By Elisabeth Rosenthal

The New York Times 2009-04-16

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Opinion: Ban all junk food at schools

Despite progress in providing more healthful foods in schools through federal meals program, junk foods abound outside the program. New legislation to give USDA authority over all food sold at schools should be supported to help stem epidemic of childhood obesity, diet-related diseases. And: Take this quiz to see if you know junk food (click 'See also').

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The New York TImes 2009-04-26

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Opinion: White House garden as revolutionary emissions reduction agent

Michelle Obama's garden and her message of eating fresh-picked food is truly subversive: Change America's eating habits, improve health, cut emissions, change the world. Globally, agricultural sector releases more greenhouse gases (click 'See also') in growing, transporting, meat production than any activity except for constructing, heating, cooling buildings. Food sector should be priority in talks before Copenhagen meeting, where next round of emissions cuts will be decided.

By Mark Hertsgaard

The Nation. 2009-04-20

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Loss of income, insurance undermine diet-related disease care

As obesity epidemic leads cases of diabetes, loss of income and health insurance pushes diabetics to cut back on health care, risking serious complications and higher emergency or hospital care costs, analysis shows. And: Maryland group targets churches, community groups, doctors' offices for message about prevention through diet, exercise and health screenings (click 'See also').

By Linda A. Johnson

The Associated Press; The Boston Globe 2009-04-13

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Soda lobbyist looks to block rules on school vending items

President of $110 billion-a-year beverage industry lobbies to block more rules on what schools can put in vending machines as Congress begins revision of Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act. And: Soda, sports drink intake linked to increased body weight, poor nutrition, displacement of more healthful beverages; added intake raises risk of obesity, diabetes - $79 billion spent annually for overweight and obesity alone (click 'See also').

By Philip Brasher

The Des Moines Register 2009-04-11

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Opinion: Food marketing a slow-motion tragedy for our children

Obama and Congress should, with urgency second only to oncoming regulation of tobacco, enact emergency federal rules to ban trash-food marketing that is consuming our children. Federal nutrition programs are feeble whisper against trash food marketing; 44 top food/beverage companies in 2006 spent $1.6 billion in marketing mostly soda, fast food, and cereals to youths. Voluntary marketing limits are the wink of wolves.

By Derrick Z. Jackson

Boston Globe 2009-04-11

Activists seek food/agriculture policy reform - beyond Obama garden

As Americans flock to farmers' markets and buy local at Wal-Mart, sustainable-food activists, who see cheap, processed, subsidized food as profiting agribusiness, causing (and deferring costs of) diet-related disease, ruined environment, seek fundamental change. Chef/gardener Alice Waters urges tripling of budget for school lunches (with costs shared by Department of Education - click 'See also'); author Michael Pollan wants diversified, regional food networks. But he worries about movement's lack of infrastructure.

By Andrew Martin

The New York Times 2009-03-21

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Opinion: Obama's fast start offers hope to sustainability advocates

Early words, actions of Obama administration offer hope of reforms in agriculture, food policy that lead to environmental sustainability, healthy diets. Among pending questions: commodities payments versus agri-environment programs, placement of ethanol in alternative energy, agriculture and WTO Doha talks.

By Thomas Dobbs

The Dakota Day 2009-03-06

In Mauritania, revival of force-feeding girls charged

After military takeover of Mauritania, girls as young as five again being force-fed for marriage, activist says. She decries backward steps that equate woman's size with space in husband's heart. Girls are taken to 'fattening farms,' where typical 'leblouh' diet for six-year-old includes 4.4 pounds millet, 2 cups of butter, 21 quarts camel's milk daily. And: Fat symbolizes wealth, social class in remote areas (click 'See also').

By Alex Duval Smith

The Observer (UK) 2009-03-01

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Diet, activity, body fat limits, curbs common cancer risk, study shows

Eating nutritious diet, keeping body fat under control and being physically active may prevent about a third of cancers in nation's population, big-picture study shows. Prevention seems to most affect rates of endometrial, esophageal, mouth, pharynx, larynx, and stomach cancers.

By Miranda Hitti

Web MD Health News 2009-02-26

Opinion: Splitting the check for fresh school lunches

Opinion: Splitting the check for fresh school lunches


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New, fresh school lunch program should funded by Department of Education, USDA. It would bring long-term savings, benefits to society in areas of hunger, children's health and dietary habits, food safety, environmental preservation and energy conservation. And: Lobbyists outnumber scientists at recent Institute of Medicine school lunch meeting (click 'See also').

By Alice Waters

The New York Times 2009-02-19

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Fast-food eateries, strokes linked, but reasons unknown

The more fast food restaurants, the higher the relative risk of stroke, study shows. For every fast food restaurant in a neighborhood, the relative risk of stroke went up one percent, and researchers wonder: Is it the food, or an unhealthy neighborhood?

By Shantell Kirkendoll

University of Michigan 2009-02-20

Opinion: School lunch program gives agribusiness chokehold on children

Ties between feds and commodities industry, abetted by poor nutritional choices made by state and local food service officials, results in chicken nugget-pizza menus at school. With renewal of Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act, we must improve nutrition and quality of school food requirements; weaken school lunches-commodities markets link; and educate school officials, regulators and public. And: Primer on upcoming bill (click 'See also').

By Kathleen Rogers

San Francisco Chronicle 2009-01-30

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Warming will be worse than thought; coal, beef are two culprits

Warming will be faster, more damaging than previously thought, says scientist. Greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) increased far faster than expected between 2000-2007, mainly by burning of coal for electricity in India, China. And: 30 percent of human-generated global warming potential caused by foods, beverage production; about half of those come from meat; beef accounts for 30 percent of world's meat consumption, but contributes 78 percent of meat's GHG emissions (click 'See also').

BBC 2009-02-15

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Three books take on food industry

Three books take on food industry

Penguin Books

From 'The World is Fat,' by Barry Popkin

In three new books, common culprit in obesity crisis is food industry - pushing processed foods that destroy environment and our bodies, putting profits before health. But solutions differ. Barry Popkin, in 'The World is Fat,' advocates multi-pronged attack including taxation, lifestyle choices and gastric bypass surgery. Mark Bittman, in 'Food Matters,' tells us to eat less meat, less junk food and switch to 'sane eating.' In 'Stuffed,' Hank Cardello says food companies should sneak nutrients into bestselling products.

By Fuchsia Dunlop

The Washington Post 2009-01-22

Past lead levels in D.C. tap water may risk children's health

Elevated lead levels in tap water from 2001-2003 could jeopardize health of about 42,000 Washington, D.C. children who then were younger than 2 or in utero, study shows. Parents outraged, Council wants probe to see whether public was misled during water crisis (click 'See also'). Blood lead levels and number of potentially affected children both considerably higher than initially reported by city, federal officials.

By Carol D. Leonnig

The Washington Post 2009-01-27

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Hospital meals in UK will go greener

To set public example, meat-free menus, more fresh produce, less bottled water and less dairy will be promoted in UK hospitals to cut global warming emissions. Without effective action now, millions will experience hunger, water shortages and coastal flooding as climate changes, report warns. And: Reducing meat, junk food in diet means healthier body and planet, says Mark Bittman in new book (click 'See also').

By Juliette Jowit

The Guardian (UK) 2009-01-26

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Good, affordable foods a priority, says USDA head

Obama administration will make 'very significant push' to increase U.S. intake of affordable but good quality foods, and will heed critics who link crop subsides, obesity, says Tom Vilsack, USDA head. Former Iowa governor had vowed at confirmation hearing to increase U.S. production, consumption of fruits, vegetables.

By Philip Brasher

The Des Moines Register 2009-01-22

Diet-related disease again affects national security

After obesity flunks 47,447 aspiring soldiers in four years, Army recruiter lobbies for formal diet, fitness plan. Obesity is biggest challenge for potential military enlistees. And: During World War II, aspiring servicemen flunked, but for undernourishment, a national emergency that prompted 1946 National School Lunch Act, which guaranteed hot lunch for every schoolchild (click 'See also').

By Susanne M. Schafer

The Associated Press; Army Times 2009-01-13

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Obesity overtakes overweight category in U.S.

More than 34 percent of Americans termed obese, compared to 32.7 percent who are overweight, statistics from 2005-'06 - latest available - show. Thirty-two percent of U.S. children overweight, 16 percent obese, 11 percent were extremely obese. And: Department of Defense says nearly 50,000 potential recruits have flunked Army's physical exam because they were overweight (click 'See also').

By Maggie Fox

Reuters 2009-01-09

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Analysis: Details crucial in healthful living campaign

Short on funds, New York governor turns call for change into anti-obesity measures: Soft drink tax, posting calorie counts in chain restaurants, adding markets to poor neighborhoods, banning junk food in schools. Professor says proposals take health care outside of medical sector and are way of cost-shifting that doesn't recognize obstacles - no sidewalks, time deprivation.

By Anemona Hartocollis

The New York Times 2009-01-11

Opinion: Cooperating for health of land, eaters, economy

Obama's secretaries of agriculture, health and human services share simple link: Health of America's eaters depends on health of food/agriculture system. The two must create science-based policies that build and protect healthy soil, make fruits and vegetables the easiest and most affordable choice, and promote local food production as community asset to strengthen economy.

By Angie Tagtow

The Des Moines Register 2008-12-18

Link found between high fat diet, biological clock

High fat diet in mice alters part of biological 'clock' that regulates metabolism, researchers learn. Findings may explain obesity and metabolic conditions including hormone imbalance, psychological and sleep disorders, some forms of cancer. Circadian rhythms usually follow 24-hour cycle and affected by light, external cues like meal timing (click 'See also').

By Jess Halliday News Media 2009-01-05

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Preventing bad teeth, cascading health woes of poverty

Beyond joblessness or underemployment, bad teeth mark those without insurance-paid dentist visits. Loss of teeth makes eating fresh produce difficult; diet heavy in soft, processed foods exacerbates serious ills, like diabetes. Such preventive measures save money in health care. And: Obama predicts 'sobering' unemployment figures (click 'See also').

By Malcolm Gladwell

The New Yorker 2005-08-29

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School's proximity to fast food linked to obesity among students

Students at schools within walking distance of fast food outlets more likely to be overweight and eat fewer fruits and vegetables, study of 500,000 California adolescents shows. Eateries serve as hangout and linked to greatly increased consumption of soft drinks. And: Sodas containing high-fructose corn syrup may contribute to development of diabetes, particularly in children (click 'See also').

By Julie Steenhuysen

Reuters 2008-12-24

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Spiking blood-sugar levels linked to memory loss

Blood-sugar spikes linked to memory loss, new study shows, but peaks can be moderated by exercise. Researcher calls findings 'compelling,' and sees implications for the elderly, overweight children, and those at risk for Type 2 diabetes and/or heart disease in fast-paced, complex society. And: Spiking, falling blood sugar levels from high-carb diet could be risk factor for central vision loss with aging (click 'See also').

By Roni Caryn Rabin

The New York Times 2008-12-31

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Altering diet, other existing conditions key to public health

Prevention - currently less than five cents of every dollar spent on health - crucial to public health, say advocates (click 'See also'). Healthy communities created by planning across sectors, e.g., farm-to-school programs; supporting sustainable regional food systems; helping healthy food retailers succeed where fresh produce is limited, increasing funding to nutrition programs.

By Laura Troyer

The Food Times 2008-12-23

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Opinion: Soda tax, universally adapted, could make us healthier

Diabetes epidemic costs $218 billion each year -- $1,900 per household - and contributes to deaths of 200,000-plus Americans, so risky behavior includes extra-large sodas. New York's proposed 18 percent tax on soft drinks could help make us healthier, just as cigarette tax has lowered lung cancer rates. Nutrition specialist says cola industry will spend vast sums fighting proposed tax. And: How food industry discredits critics (click 'See also').

By Nicholas D. Kristof

The New York Times 2008-12-18

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Low-glycemic, plant-based diet best for diabetics

Diabetics eating low-glycemic diet - nuts, beans, lentils - have better glycemic control and reduce heart disease risk factors, than those on fiber-rich diet, study shows. Type 2 diabetics have much higher risk of cardiovascular disease. And: Though exercise, weight loss and low-fat, plant-based diet reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent, plan works best when community - parents, grandparents, caregivers - enables and models healthful behavior (click 'See also').

By Shari Roan

Los Angeles Times 2008-12-16

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Food system unspoken in Obama's USDA pick

Tom Vilsack's selection as Obama's USDA secretary may be 'agribusiness as usual,' since words 'food' or 'eaters' unspoken in news conference, says Michael Pollan, author. Food system responsible for one-third greenhouse gases, 'catastrophic' diet that causes chronic disease in half the U.S. population and drives up health care costs (click 'See also'). Food must be included in plan to address climate change, energy independence, health care.

By Renee Montagne

National Public Radio/Morning Edition 2008-12-18

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University links public health, agriculture on new site

New website offers access to information about public health, agriculture, and connects the two fields. Johns Hopkins University site, a project of its Center for a Livable Future (click 'See also') links communities, organizations, individuals. Site allows search of databases, vetted collection of reports, journal articles.

By Karla Cook

The Food Times 2008-12-14

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Opinion: Reframe, reform USDA with secretary of food

Obama needs secretary of food, not USDA - to address health care, climate change, energy independence. 'Department of Food' would give primacy to America's 300 million eaters, cut influence of industrial farm lobby, which inflicts unhealthy food on children through school lunches and exacerbates crisis of obesity, diabetes. And: Petition lists terrific reformist candidates (click 'See also').

By Nicholas D. Kristof

The New York Times 2008-12-11

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Health group cites false economy of value meals

Watchdog group rates the $1 junior bacon cheeseburger at Jack in the Box as "the most unhealthful" value item among all national fast food chains. The Cancer Project's survey, noting popularity of cheap foods in tough times, also cited Taco Bell's Cheesy Double Beef Burrito and McDonald's McDouble sandwich.

By Jerry Hirsch

Los Angeles Times 2008-12-09

Opinion: Tiny changes, big benefits in brainpower

Adding 1 billion points to global IQ is as simple as adding iodine to salt, and Canada leads way with Micronutrient Initiative, which also advocates adding vitamin A, iron, zinc and folic acid to diets. Simple technology improves lives at low cost and in short time, says World Bank.

By Nicholas D. Kristof

The New York Times 2008-12-04

Large study links fish-rich diet to cancer survival

Adding extra fish, omega-3-rich seafood to diet may raise prostate cancer survival by 38 percent; men who ate five servings of fish per week had 48 percent improved survival rate over those who ate one serving a week, study shows. And: Healthy diet should consist of one omega-3 to four omega-6 fatty acids, but American diet contains more than 10 times needed amount of omega-6 oils, mostly from processed foods, cooking oils (click 'See also').

By Stephen Daniells 2008-11-24

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Underpinnings of food industry on legislative agenda

Legislative progress on environment, energy, health care on agenda with Henry Waxman, a keen negotiator, now at helm of powerful Committee on Energy and Commerce. But: Without reform on the way we grow, process and eat food in America, there will be no significant progress on these problems or on critical issue of national security, writes Michael Pollan in letter to new farmer-in-chief Barack Obama (click 'See also').

By Julie Rovner

National Public Radio/All Things Considered 2008-11-21

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Exploring links between fast-food advertising, childhood obesity

Banning fast food ads from children's TV could reduce number of overweight children by 14 to 18 percent, according to economists who studied 1997 data (click 'See also'). In intervening years, McDonald's, Burger King re-worked ads to include apple sticks, low-fat milk. Eliminating tax deductions for those ads would curb childhood obesity by 5 to 7 percent, study showed.

Roni Caryn Rabin

New York Times 2008-11-20

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Going with the grains - and Hippocrates

Beyond statins, common sense and two studies indicate that eating whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts cut readings for CRP, which is linked to risk of heart attack, stroke. Needed is total proof that diet- and exercise-reduced CRP levels reduce cardiovascular emergencies. And: Small, consistent increase in dietary fiber helps reduce heart disease risk and controls diabetes, and can make large difference to public health (click See also').

By Stephen Smith

The Boston Globe 2008-11-17

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Opinion: Melamine links industrial waste to U.S. food production

Melamine has pervaded U.S. food system. It's added to fertilizer and accumulates in the farm fields. Last year, millions ate chicken that had been fed tainted gluten from China; Tyson Foods butchered hogs that had eaten tainted feed too. Meat was not recalled. China melamine scandal is opportunity for U.S. to pass fertilizer standards and to test for chemical.

By James E. McWilliams

The New York Times 2008-11-17

Lowering stress, heart disease risk with parks, gardens

More neighborhood green space reduces risk of heart disease, greatly narrows health gaps and death rates between rich, poor, UK researchers learn. Governments should promote and invest in green areas, which provide opportunities for stress reduction and physical activity. And: Plunging hands into the dirt therapeutic for gardeners (click 'See also').

By Michael Kahn

Reuters 2008-11-07

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As deadline looms, EPA asked to rethink rule on water toxin

With rocket fuel component in drinking water of 35 states and its documented toxicity to humans, scientists argue that EPA decision not to regulate perchlorate needs 'compelling scientific basis.' Rule was based on industry-funded computer model; critics say CDC studies ignored. Opinion: Congress should require EPA to explain disregard of toxin that reduces thyroid function, creates risk of lifelong lower IQ for babies (click 'See also').

By Juliet Eilperin

The Washington Post 2008-11-14

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Childhood obesity may forecast prematurely disabled workforce

Arteries of obese children show harbinger of heart disease, study shows. Findings suggest potential for significant fraction of workforce disabled in their 30s, 40s, says cardiology expert. In U.S., about one third of children, teens overweight or obese, CDC says. And: In Huntington, W.Va., which leads nation in obesity, diabetes, heart disease and teeth loss, adults in their 30s suffering heart attacks, requiring open-heart surgery (click 'See also').

By Thomas H. Maugh II

Los Angeles Times 2008-11-12

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Childhood food allergies up; schools unevenly prepared

Childhood food allergies, and severity, increasing. Researchers blame varied diet that exposes children to fish, peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs and soy; increasing rates of childhood obesity; increased consumption of antacids, vitamins; and possibly, underdeveloped immune systems as reaction to a too-clean environment. And: 'Action plans' for food-allergic students used inconsistently in schools (click 'See also').

By Steven Reinberg

HealthDay News; U.S. News & World Report 2008-11-10

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High fat, high-sugar diet raises diabetes risk

Eating energy-dense diet increases risk of developing type 2 diabetes, 12-year study shows. Energy-dense foods are those high in fat, sugars and low in fiber: fast foods, processed foods and fatty foods (click 'See also'). Best substitutes: vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains.

By Sue Mueller

Food Consumer 2008-11-02

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Obesity, lack of exercise cause soaring diabetes rates

New diabetes case rates soar nearly 90 percent over last 10 years, mostly from obesity, sedentary ways. And: In 2007, diabetes cost economy $174 billion for medical care, chronic complications (click 'See also'). Indirect costs of $58 billion came from absenteeism, reduced productivity, disease-related disability, and early death.

By Will Dunham

Reuters 2008-10-30

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Diet turns middle-aged problem youthful

Kidney stones a growing problem in children. Main causes are dietary - not drinking enough water, eating too much salt - and sometimes relate to obesity. Physicians cite salty chips, French fries, sports drinks and processed items - sandwich meats, canned soups, packaged meals, sodas. And: As makers of children's cereals cut sugar, they add salt, report says (click 'See also').

By Laurie Tarkan

The New York Times 2008-10-27

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Short-circuiting the obesity-prone gene

Those with malfunctioning food-pleasure gene more likely to overeat, study shows. Health expert says those with weakened 'reward strategy' can circumvent obesity by choosing diet rich in whole grains, legumes, beans, fruits and vegetables coupled with moderate level of exercise.

By Jimmy Downs

Food Consumer 2008-10-18

Obesity likely cause of blood pressure rise in U.S.

Obesity, overweight epidemic likely cause of increased rates of high blood pressure, researchers say. Hypertension is major risk factor for heart disease, stroke. To prevent high blood pressure, develop and maintain healthy lifestyle, and control weight through exercise and health eating behaviors, study authors say.

By Steven Reinberg

HealthDay; The Washington Post 2008-10-13

Better school lunch nutrition lifts math scores

Adding whole grains, fruits and vegetables to elementary school lunches raised academic performance of students over two years and lowered their weight and blood pressure, cardiologist reports. Healthier Options for Public Schoolchildren program (click 'See also') also promotes good nutrition through edible school gardens, assemblies, class activities and with adults as role models.

By Adam Voiland

U.S. News & World Report 2008-10-07

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Overeating triggers diet-related disease pathway in brain

Persistent overeating triggers metabolic response which, once flipped 'on,' can promote overeating, creating vicious cycle, researchers learn in mouse study. Earlier research had shown that eating too much triggered inflammatory responses in muscles, liver, changes that launch development of type 2 diabetes. Now researchers see inflammation may promote obesity as well.

By Amanda Gardner

The Washington Post 2008-10-02

Urban farmer wins 'genius grant' for push to make fresh food affordable

Urban farmer wins 'genius grant' for push to make fresh food affordable

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Will Allen uses aquaculture and vermiculture, and heats greenhouses with composting.

Urban farmer in Milwaukee wins $500,000 MacArthur 'genius grant' (click 'See also) for developing farming methods and educational programs designed to provide healthy food to everyone. His nonprofit, Growing Power (, just expanded its program of selling bags of fruit and vegetables for $14 -- a week's worth for a family of four.

By Lee Bergquist

Journal Sentinel (Milwaukee, WI) 2008-09-22

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Return to kitchen replaces deprivation diet culture

New 'positive eating' replaces deprivation diets, returns participants to pleasures of seasonal foods, meals with family and friends, the kitchen and scratch cooking. People of normal weight spend more time on food shopping, cooking and cleanup than others, study shows. And: New cooks drive increase in food website traffic, sales of cookbooks, food magazines, inexpensive cookware and basic foods (click 'See also').

By Tara Parker-Pope

The New York Times 2008-09-17

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Limit can-lining chemical exposure, scientists say

Scientists urge 'aggressive action' to limit human exposure to can-lining chemical after study notes that higher levels of bisphenol A in body correspond with higher rates of heart disease, diabetes and liver abnormalities. Skeptic notes that drinking lots of high-sugar canned drinks raises risk of diet-related disease and exposure to BPA. And: Chemical, also found in hard plastic water and baby bottles, inhibits brain links (click 'See also').

By Sarah Boseley

The Guardian (UK) 2008-09-16

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Obesity doubles risk of disabling knee arthritis

Obesity doubles lifetime risk of developing knee osteoarthritis, physician says. In this painful disease, cartilage breaks down and deteriorates. And: Being 10 pounds overweight increases the force on the knee by 30 to 60 pounds with each step; weight loss decreases incidence of disease and some studies show substantially reduced reports of pain (click 'See also').

By Thomas Goldsmith

The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) 2008-09-12

Some obese teens face life-threatening liver disease

Obesity pushing rates of liver disease, transplant needs in some teens. Many experts predict fatty liver disease will become top cause of liver transplants by 2020.'There aren't enough livers to go around,' says physician. Successful patients are those whose families have increased exercise, changed diet to one based on whole grains, fruits, vegetables.

By Linda A. Johnson

The Associated Press; Time magazine 2008-09-08

Prion experts study whether fatal disease of elk, deer can jump to humans

Prion experts study whether fatal disease of elk, deer can jump to humans


4004 chart shows chronic wasting disease among free-ranging deer and elk by county.

When prions can jump species barriers, a new kind of prion is produced, researchers learn. Prion proteins cause Creutzfeld-Jakob disease and mad cow disease, and have infected 208 people, mostly in UK. Scientists now study whether prion-induced chronic wasting disease (CWD) in elk and deer could jump to humans; disease has long dormant period. And: CDC, in 2004, said risk of CWD to humans was low (click 'See also').

By Amber Dance

Nature News 2008-09-04

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Linking vitamin deficiency to learning problems, Alzheimer's

Linking vitamin deficiency to learning problems, Alzheimer's

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Swiss chard is a good source of folate and a very good source of vitamin B6.

Vitamin B deficiencies linked to learning problems, dramatically higher homocysteine levels in mouse study, researchers say. Elevated homocysteine levels in adults raise risk for Alzheimer's disease, stroke and atherosclerosis. And: Vitamin B-rich foods: leafy green vegetables, beans, peas, whole grains, fish, seafood, poultry and meats, eggs and milk, yogurt and cheese (click 'See also').

By Shane Starling 2008-09-04

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Balancing Ramadan fasts with prescribed consumption

For diabetics, Ramadan fasting means timing medicine and monitoring blood sugar levels. Religion's overarching belief is that Muslims should not harm their bodies, even for spiritual practices. And: Going without food or drink (or caffeine) between dawn and dusk for a lunar month sometimes leads to weight gain from overeating at nightly or early morning meals (click 'See also').

By Robert Mitchum

Chicago Tribune 2008-08-31

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Overweight Alabama state workers face higher insurance

Overweight, obese who work for state of Alabama given a year to lose weight or face higher health insurance costs. And: Because medical costs are higher for the obese and premiums don't depend on weight, lighter people in same pool pay for food/exercise decisions of obese, says USDA (click 'See also').

By Nancy Yamada

WBIR 2008-08-23

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Eating beans reduces risk of diabetes, study shows

Diet rich in legumes - peanuts, soybeans and other beans - reduces risk of type 2 diabetes by nearly 40 percent, study indicates. High intake of soybeans linked to 47 percent risk reduction. Study used food-frequency questionnaires to chart health of 64,227 middle-aged Chinese women for about 4.6 years.

By Stephen Daniells

Food Navigator 2008-01-08

Opinion: Our right to know nutrition information

Obesity is a public health disaster and is threatening our children. About half of Americans' food budget is spent at restaurants. If we can force oil companies to tell us octane level of fuel for our cars, surely we can demand that fast-food and restaurant chains tell us what we're putting into our bodies.

By Harold Goldstein and Eric Schlosser

Los Angeles Times 2008-08-05

Potato chip makers agree to reduce carcinogen in products

Potato chip producers agree to reduce carcinogen - acrylamide - in their chips over three years and pay penalties to settle California lawsuit. Accord means a 20 percent cut for Frito-Lay products, 87 percent cut for Kettle Chips, and warning label on Cape Cod Robust Russets. And: FDA tells home cooks to reduce chemical by not over-browning potatoes (click 'See also').

By Bob Egelko

San Francisco Chronicle 2008-08-02

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Projecting cost of near-universal obesity expected in U.S. by 2030

Obesity, already public health crisis, likely to cost $956.9 billion by 2030 if epidemic grows at current rate, researchers suggest. More than 86 percent of population projected to be overweight or obese by then, including 96 percent of black women and 91 percent of Mexican-American men. Analysis shows that, over time, heavy Americans become heavier.

By Natalie Wood-Wright

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 2008-07-28

Fructose linked to fast fat production in humans

Fat build-up, triglyceride surge greater from fructose consumption than other sugars, small study reports. Researchers also note that fat was created from fructose by liver within four hours of consumption, which means that the next meal's fat is more likely to be stored. Fat synthesis may be revved up in overweight, obese patients.

By Stephen Daniells 2008-07-25

Increasing drug prescriptions for children's diet-related diseases

Though childhood obesity best treated by diet and exercise, data suggest that several hundred thousand children now taking medicines to treat its eventual complications, with greatest increase in Type 2 diabetes drugs. Many patients live in neighborhoods without grocery stores and attend schools that have no physical education programs. And: Series on childhood obesity (click 'See also').

By Stephanie Saul

The New York Times 2008-07-26

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Diet, exercise first presciption for pre-diabetes

Use diet, physical activity to treat pre-diabetes, endocrinologists say in issuing guidelines for diagnosing metabolic syndrome. Group calls for training primary-care doctors in helping patients with lifestyle changes. 'Most doctors don't know how to deal with this,' says research director. And: More children taking drugs related to childhood obesity (click 'See also').

By Mary Brophy Marcus

USA Today 2008-07-22

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Parents most worried about child obesity, poll shows

Obesity now tops list of parent concerns, study shows. Drug abuse, smoking, bullying are runners-up; environmental toxins and lack of opportunity for physical activity finish off the top 10 list. Researchers saw priorities change depending on race, income or whether children were living at home, indicating no universal approach to problems, says physician. And: Slide show of obesity trends across the U.S. (click 'See also').

By Krista Hopson

University of Michigan 2008-07-14

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Writing away obesity, related illness, with food diary

In study, those who kept food diary lost twice as much weight as those who didn't. Other aids: low-fat diet high in produce, weekly support sessions, moderate exercise. Losing nine pounds each would vastly decrease U.S. rates of hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, says researcher. And: At senate hearing, childhood obesity called 'medical emergency' (click 'See also').

The Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente 2008-07-08

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Linking produce availability to hypertension risk

Better access to healthful foods, walkable streets and recreational areas and sense of community reduces residents' risk of high blood pressure, study shows. Links diminished when researchers factored in the 2,612 participants' race and ethnicity.

Reuters 2008-07-15

Obesity epidemic worsens nationwide

Obesity epidemic worsens nationwide


Obesity rates rise to one in four in 2007 and above 30 percent in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee, CDC says. And: U.S. spends $2 trillion annually on health care; per capita cost of many effective community-based disease prevention programs is less than $10 (click 'See also') and could save more than $16 billion in five years.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2008-07-18

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Preventing premature death with good diet

UK plans healthful food promotion after report links poor diet with premature death of 70,000 people each year. Program, which will urge fruit and vegetable consumption and reduced intake of saturated fat, sugar and salt, will begin in hospitals and prisons, then radiate outward. For report, click 'See also.'

By Andrew Sparrow

The Guardian (UK) 2008-07-07

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Treating obesity beyond mere food choices

American Heart Association advocates population-based anti-obesity policy. Plan would address restaurant portion sizes, fast-food outlet placement and plethora of unhealthful food choices, plus infrastructure: sidewalks, playgrounds, nearby jobs, schools and public transportation.

HealthDay News; U.S. News & World Report 2008-06-30

Ordering farms' halt to use of human antibiotic

FDA orders farmers to stop dosing chickens, cows, pigs and eggs with drug used to treat skin infections, stomach infections and pneumonia in humans. Agency says that overuse will render cephalosporins ineffective in treating human disease.

Bloomberg News; Newsday 2008-07-03

Study links prenatal diet to child's longterm health

Junk food diet during pregnancy and breastfeeding increases child's risk of diet-related disease, study on rats indicates. Offspring had raised levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose and insulin, plus harbinger of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. And: In 1986, Barker hypothesis linked adult heart disease to prenatal and early postnatal nutrition (click 'See also').

By Sarah Boseley

The Guardian (UK) 2008-07-01

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Bill would create food allergy guidelines for schools

Group pushes legislation that would create uniform food allergy guidelines for schools. Only Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island and Tennessee have statewide allergy plans. About two million school-age children have food allergies; eight foods account for 90 percent of all allergic reactions--peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat.

By Kelley Schoonover

The Associated Press; Greenwich Time (CT) 2008-06-07

Diet-related aids for diabetics

Most important predictor of a heart attack or death for diabetics is a severe hypoglycemic event (blackout or consciousness change) in the previous three months, preliminary analysis of new study finds. Biggest help: lowering cholesterol levels, controlling high blood pressure.

By Thomas H. Maugh II

Los Angeles Times 2008-06-09

Opinion: Leading the fight against childhood obesity

In battling childhood obesity, Steven K. Galson, acting Surgeon General, has made it his mission to gather disparate efforts of parents, schools, and local governments into a unified national campaign. Bush administration should do more to organize those activities and boost their profile.

The editors

The Washington Post 2008-05-24

Opinion: That which must not be mentioned

Obesity, beyond health risks including diabetes, joint pain, congestive heart failure, strokes, back pain, sleep apnea and depression, is also about root causes and society's denial. As a physician, let me 'not fail to see what is visible.' If obesity is not going to be confronted honestly in a medical setting, where will that difficult conversation take place?

By Jeremy Brown

The Washington Post 2008-05-25

Childhood obesity plateaus, but can it be reversed?

Awareness, targeted actions could be creating plateau in rates of childhood obesity, but researchers can't be sure. Real question is whether 25-year obesity trend can be reversed, says researcher. 'The rates of obesity in children are so hugely high that without any further increases, the impact of this epidemic will be felt with increasing severity for many years to come.'

By Tara Parker-Pope

The New York Times 2008-05-27

Urban food deserts, culture fuel childhood obesity

In poor urban neighborhoods, childhood obesity fueled by takeout joints serving fatty calories through bulletproof glass pass-throughs, absence of greengrocers, and culinary culture rich in fried foods and carbohydrates. One study showed that most students skipped breakfast, drank four sodas a day, ate at a corner store or had takeout twice a day, had a TV in their bedroom and did not have a grocery store in their neighborhood.

By Steve Hendrix and Hamil R. Harris

The Washington Post 2008-05-20

Processed food firms retool approach to children

Motivated by bad publicity, tougher regulation and costly lawsuits, food companies reduce child-targeted ads for their packaged and processed products and reduce serving sizes for products. Milk sales doubled after McDonald's repackaged milk into brightly decorated plastic jugs. Many schools remain prime settings for introducing their products to children.

By Susan Levine and Lori Aratani

The Washington Post 2008-05-22

Undermining better lunch efforts

Schools' newly healthful meals thwarted by parents who send oversized bags of chips in lunch boxes, fight bans on cupcakes and object to measuring students' body mass index. And schools undercut their efforts by selling fries, doughnuts and other 'a la carte' items and allowing vending machines. For series, Young Lives at Risk: Our Overweight Children, click 'See also.'

By Lori Aratani

The Washington Post 2008-05-21

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Absence of hunger cues

In suburbia, obesity spreads to sedentary children of busy parents who resort to fast food at odd hours, in the car. Counties allocate scant resources to prevention or weight-loss programs; fitness directors see parents dropping children off but know that at home, nothing's changing in the refrigerator. For complete series, Young Lives at Risk: Our Overweight Children, click 'See also.'

By Annie Gowen

The Washington Post 2008-05-20

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No fat-fighting leadership, critics say

As European countries mount focused campaigns against childhood obesity, American efforts founder at the top. The 2009 budget ends a $75 million program to help schools and communities expand physical-education offerings; USDA pushes a low-fat diet, but supports Pizza Hut's stuffed crust pizza. Foundations, state and local governments and local groups attempt to provide leadership.

By Susan Levine and Lori Aratani

The Washington Post 2008-05-19

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Candidates on childhood obesity

As part of a five-day series on childhood obesity in The Washington Post (click 'See also'), the presidential candidates were asked how they would address the problem. Excerpts: *Hillary Clinton: Ban junk food in schools, install universal school breakfast plan, double summer feeding program, implement a healthy schools program that funds replacing all unhealthy food with healthy food in schools by 2012, increase funding for physical education, voluntary guidelines for food industry. *Barack Obama: Coordinate and collaborate across departments, ensure adequate resources, expand and accelerate research on prevention and treatment, support nutrition and physical activity grant programs, support public health and advocacy groups, finalize voluntary food and beverage advertising guidelines and if they're not effective, make them mandatory. *John McCain: Teach children and their parents about child health, healthier meals at home and exercise as a family activity, nutrition education and more physical education at school, diet and fitness guidance by health-care providers, healthy food options for schools, adequate funding for physical education, prevention and maintenance as part of basic health care plans, appropriate and informative food labeling, and voluntary standards for food makers.

The Washington Post 2008-05-17

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Sunshine vitamin and cancer

Deficiency of vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, linked to progression of breast cancer, two separate studies find. Vitamin is found in mackerel, salmon, sardines and in foods that have been fortified - milk, orange juice and some cereals, for example (click 'See also'). Earlier studies have suggested that vitamin D may prevent prostate and colon cancer.

By Thomas H. Maugh II

Los Angeles Times 2008-05-16

Economy down, weights up

Food crisis will increase rates of diet-related disease because high-fat, highly sweetened food products are federally subsidized and readily available. Poor women are 50 percent more likely to be obese. Poor, hungry people aren't thinking about their health, 'just filling their stomachs...getting through the day,' says researcher.

By Alfred Lubrano

The Philadelphia Inquirer 2008-05-06

Apples scarce for many in Big Apple

Up to three million New Yorkers live in communities with high rates of diet-related disease and a dearth of supermarkets (click 'See also' for study). Many residents spend food budget at pharmacies, which sell processed foods and sodas, then medicines for diet-related ills. City could support another 100 grocers; planning director calls situation a health crisis.

By David Gonzalez

The New York Times 2008-05-05

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Risky neighborhoods

Obesity, diabetes higher in neighborhoods where fast-food restaurants, convenience stores greatly outnumber grocery stores and produce vendors, California study finds. Weight isn't just a personal choice, says health expert - we are affected by our environment. Restaurants spokesperson disagrees: 'Individuals control what, where and when they eat.' Click 'See also' for story on similar stores clustered around lower-income schools.

By Mary Engel

Los Angeles Times 2008-04-29

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Diabetic motherhood

In six-year span, diabetes increased fivefold among 13- to 19-year-olds giving birth and doubled among 20- to 39-year-olds giving birth, researchers found. Diet-related disease adds risk to pregnancy, and children of women who have diabetes or are overweight or obese during pregnancy are more likely to be obese, overweight or have diabetes in the future.

By Julie Steenhuysen

Reuters 2008-04-28

Obesity and early death

Researchers suspect smoking, obesity and high blood pressure in decline in life expectancy of of women in some rural and low-income areas - Deep South, Appalachia, lower Midwest, one county in Maine. Aggressive public health campaigns would be obvious strategy, say scientists.

By David Brown

The Washington Post 2008-04-22

Waist away

Belly fat is potent predictor of dementia associated with Alzheimer's, researchers learn, but skeptics say the two might have same cause. Fat around organs is most harmful, because it oozes noxious chemicals, stoking inflammation and constricting blood vessels, but it's also easiest to lose through diet and exercise.

By Rob Stein

The Washington Post 2008-03-27

Lightness of being

After study a decade ago showed link of obesity to higher levels of religious participation, churches strengthened commitment to ministry beyond spirit, to body. But after follow-up study in 2006, researcher says that church is contributing to public health problem by condoning high-fat foods at fellowship. Faith-based weight-loss programs spring up: Light Weigh, Freedom Weight Loss Program, and First Place.

By Colette M. Jenkins

Akron Beacon-Journal (OH) 2008-03-11

Halt to treatment

Increased number of deaths in high-risk diabetes patients halts portion of 10,251-person study that was using bold mix of diet, exercise and drugs to drive blood sugar levels down. Twenty-one million Americans are diabetic, and the obesity epidemic is increasing the numbers.

By Rob Stein

The Washington Post 2008-02-07

Diet soda risk

In surprise, researchers learn that diet soda drinkers are at 34 percent higher risk of developing metabolic syndrome, which can be a precursor to diabetes and heart disease. Their study had focused on increased risks of Western diet - refined grains, fried foods and red meat. Scientist wonders whether it's a chemical in the soda or the behavior of diet soda drinkers.

By Nicholas Bakalar

The New York Times 2008-02-05

Claiming the future

Obesity-related diabetes epidemic now costs $174 billion annually through direct medical care, lost productivity, rising health-care premiums and co-payments, study shows. One million cases are diagnosed each year; trade group predicts that diet-related disease will handicap state, local economies, taking funds meant for education to care for patients instead.

By Liz Szabo

USA Today 2008-01-24

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Chips around the block

With increasing obesity as backdrop, researchers learn that lower-income schools have more convenience stores and fast-food outlets within walking distance than other schools. In report, scheduled for publication in June, researchers suggest that food environment surrounding schools, as well as school meals and snacks, must be considered.

By Shannon N. Zenk and Lisa M. Powell

Health and Place; University of Illinois at Chicago; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2008-01-24

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Don't eat that

Mercury levels in Manhattan tuna sushi samples so high that FDA could remove it from the market, testing for The New York Times reveals. Eating six pieces a week would exceed EPA's recommended safe levels of consumption, and experts believe that analysis elsewhere would yield similar results. Mercury enters the food chain as an industrial pollutant.

By Marian Burros

The New York Times 2008-01-23

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Newly discovered old-fashioned corn variety could prevent vitamin A-deficiency blindness in Africa and Latin America. Researcher finds yellow variety brimming with needed nutrient. Challenge, however, will be cultural. At-risk population likes white corn; yellow signifies food aid, and particular taste and texture.

By Dan Charles

National Public Radio 2008-01-20

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GMO life lengthener?

Resveratrol, linked to decreased heart disease, drop in blood sugar for diabetics, and, in study, increased lifespan in rodents, comes from grapes and wine. Now, Chinese scientists have created a genetically manipulated supergrape with six times the quantity of this active compound, from which they plan to make wine.

New Scientist 2008-01-07

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Eating plants

Compounds in red wine, fruits and vegetables can reduce effects of fat-laden foods in bloodstream, researchers learn in small study. Foods high in polyphenol include artichokes, parsley, Brussels sprouts, strawberries, lychees, and grapes, but apples are a good source as well.

Science Daily 2008-01-02

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Sugar overload

Excess consumption of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, pervasive in processed and packaged foods, distracts the liver from maintaining proper testosterone and estrogen levels, Canadian study shows. An excess of these hormones can lead to acne, excessive hair growth, infertility and certain cancers of the reproductive tract.

By Rallie McAllister, M.D.

Green Valley News and Sun (AZ) 2007-12-27

Friend or foe?

After years of planning, Southern California adds fluoride to the water, and conspiracy theorists gather. Is the tooth-protection chemical - a byproduct of fertilizer and a component of bombs and poison - a public health advance or an attempt to medicate by force?

By Mike Anton

Los Angeles Times 2007-12-22

New formula

Largest four microwave popcorn producers remove diacetyl, a flavoring chemical linked to lung ailment, from their products after Missouri workers win verdicts and settlements over the last three years. Companies say that new formulation may take several months to reach shelves.

By Brad Belote

The Associated Press 2007-12-17

Opinion: Unsustainable, defined

The efficiency of factory farming may be nearing its limits. Two sacrifices of biological resilience are MRSA, a superbug that kills people, now found in concentrated animal feeding operations and in pig farmers; and the fatal epidemic among honeybees, pollinators of nuts, fruits and vegetables. What if researchers find that one cost of cheap meat is an epidemic of drug-resistant infection among young people?

By Michael Pollan

The New York Times 2007-12-16

Seeing clearly

Eating diet heavy with white bread, rice, potatoes, pasta, and foods containing sugars and corn syrups (all of which cause blood sugar spikes and tumbles), may be factor in early eye deterioration as well as vision problems associated with Type 2 diabetes, researchers say.

Science Daily 2007-12-01

Cutting cancer risk

After review of 7,000 cancer studies, experts compile tips for prevention: Stay lean, be physically active, avoid refined foods and sugary drinks, eat mostly plants, limit intake of red meat and processed meats, limit alcoholic drinks, limit salt, don't eat moldy grains or beans, and aim for a balanced diet without supplements.

By Roxanne Nelson

Medscape Medical News 2007-10-31

In the sweet

The rhetoric is anything but sweet in the sugar-vs-faux debate, with suspicions about the safety of the unnatural product arising shortly after the creation of saccharin more than 100 years ago. But we're conflicted. We want something sweet, but we're also looking to lose a little weight.

By Emily Sohn

Los Angeles Times 2007-11-19

Lurking sodium

Public health specialists pressure government for help in forcing processed food makers to cut sodium, a prime culprit in high blood pressure, stroke and heart attacks. In the meantime, we can avoid hidden salt by cooking from scratch.

By Lauran Neergaard

The Associated Press 2007-11-20

Sweet need

In a study that demonstrates the addictive potential of sweets and might help explain the obesity epidemic, researchers learn that for 40 of 43 rats, sweetened water wins out over cocaine, and even a majority of drug-addicted rodents pick sweets over drug.

By Denise Gellene

Los Angeles Times 2007-11-09

Studying fat

In two studies examining obesity, one links condition to diabetes and heart disease, but says that fat protects against other ills. The other shows that obesity causes disability in the elderly - they can't walk a quarter-mile, climb 10 steps, bend over or lift 10 pounds.

By Rob Stein

Washington Post 2007-11-06

Cutting the fat

At a scientific conference on obesity, group's compassionate, passionate founder skips the rich sauces and pooh-poohs exercise as fat cure, saying that in times of plenty, the only proven prevention is calorie restriction.

By Emily Nunn

Chicago Tribune 2007-10-28

Halloween high?

Experts question whether the legendary "sugar high," bane of parents at Halloween, really exists. The body's natural glucose control mechanisms minimize the effect in healthy children who eat well, but parents are the ultimate judges.

By Karen Ravn

Los Angeles Times 2007-10-29

Alcohol and sweets

A study found that women with a family history of alcoholism prefer higher levels of sweetness and crave more sweets. Those who smoked, though, had reduced sensitivity to sweets.

Leslie Stein

Monell Chemical Senses Center 0000-00-00

Ig Nobel

Brian Wansink's bottomless bowl of soup wins tongue-in-cheek Ig Nobel for nutrition; Cornell professor's invention was part of research surrounding obesity epidemic, including unconscious eating and how we judge satiety.

By Mark Pratt

The Associated Press 2007-10-05

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Food gone bad

Research shows mixing high-caffeine Red Bull, vodka and acetaminophen can hasten damage to the liver, but caffeine isn't the only culprit; even bananas are less than benign with diuretics.

By Deborah Kotz

U.S. News & World Report 2007-09-26

Opinion: Food fear

Addressing every ingredient or additive fear in this writer's pantry or refrigerator would require him dedicating his life to organic chemistry, so he's decided to have another glass of chardonnay and turn his attention away from the nutrition label.

By Eduardo Porter

The New York Times 2007-09-25

Sensible feasts?

Buoyed by Arab custom of big family meals, iftar celebrations have become lavish celebrations of sugary snacks, with waistlines and health problems following, says French physician in new diet book, "Chrono-nutrition - Ramadan special."

By Kerstin Gehmlich

Reuters 2007-09-14

Changing tastes:

Crete, once home to ultra-healthful Mediterranean diet and religion-based fasting, is evolving to suit modern tastes, adding air-conditioned supermarket with apples from Chile - and a hospital that includes a wing for cardiac care, once a rarity on the island.

By Joseph Shapiro

National Public Radio 2007-09-08

Cause and effect:

In 2005 paper, scientists link increased consumption of fast food and sweetened sodas to obesity, which promotes insulin resistance, which facilitates further weight gain.

By Elvira Isganaitis and Robert H. Lustig

Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology (American Heart Association) 2005-09-15

Weights increasing:

Weights increasing:

Obesity rates climb in 31 states, with no state showing decline in 2006; Mississippi, West Virginia and Alabama showed largest gains, and more children in Washington, D.C., are obese than anywhere else, according to CDC data analysis.

By Kevin Freking

The Associated Press; The Seattle Times 2007-08-26

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Sticky situation:

Sticky situation:

Bane and benefit both, blackberries cover the Oregon landscape with a thorny thicket but are high in antioxidants, show promise in tumor reduction, are a high cash crop, a primary food source for honeybees and other pollinators - and they're tasty as well.

By Joe Mosley

The Register-Guard (OR) 2007-08-11

The color purple:

Grapes, radishes, purple corn, purple carrots, chokeberries, cranberries, carrots and elderberries contain compounds that, when slightly modified, help slow progress of certain cancers of gastrointestinal tract, Ohio State University shows.

By Joi Preciphs

Bloomberg 2007-08-19

Call for change:

Call for change:

In groundbreaking presidential report, cancer panel calls down governmental polices that have made fruits and vegetables more expensive and less available, have limited physical education in schools and created an environment that discourages physical activity; food industry with its unhealthy food sales implicated as well.

MSNBC; Reuters 2007-08-16

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Deer problem:

Program that last year brought 35,000 pounds of hunter-donated venison to low-income clients of southern Wisconsin food pantry endangered by budget cuts; testing the deer for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) reduced by 60 percent; experts predict explosion in deer population.

By Christina Beam

Reedsburg Times Press (WI) 0000-00-00

No, thank you

CARE turns down $45 million in food aid from U.S., citing practice of selling tons of often heavily subsidized American farm products in African countries that compete with the crops of local farmers; other charities disagree.

By Celia W. Dugger

The New York Times (may require subscription)

Cooking for diabetics:

A few new cookbooks for those with diet-related disease have words of wisdom for all of us: Adapt everyday cooking to healthy meals that can be prepared quickly, practice portion control, shop carefully and read food labels.

By Kathie Smith

Toledo Blade 2007-08-14

Fast-food kids?

With growing rates of obesity in mind, FTC issues 44 subpoenas to food and beverage companies to learn how they advertise their wares to children; similar studies undertaken in the past with alcohol and tobacco companies.

By Mary Jane Credeur and Chris Burritt 2007-08-11

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A meal for Tut:

Kamut, a heirloom wheat with a sweet, nutty flavor and high in nutritional qualities, once the darling of the Birkenstock crowd, has captured Italy carbohydrate-wise, and Saskatchewan, as well as Montana and Alberta, are profiting.

By Beppi Crosariol

The Globe and Mail (Canada)

Food/Farm bill:

It's a $70 billion annual bill, and before, only agribusiness cared, but a tsunami of activists now believes that its subsidies for corn and soy encourage diet-related disease and climate change; instead, they advocate money for sustainable and organic food production, agricultural conservation and for a priority on fresh, local fruits and vegetables.

By Carol Ness

San Francisco Chronicle


Diet rich in high-fat, low-nutrient junk food and meals made outside the home, plus parents' extra hours of work are combining to shorten and widen our children in comparison to others in developed countries around the world, study suggests.

By Paul Krugman

The New York Times (may require subscription)

Allergen no more?

Peanuts, long feared for chance of toxic reaction, might be tamed; researchers learn that allergic mice are missing interleukin-12 molecule; study shows that raw milk, too, could play role in keeping allergies at bay.

United Press International