April 7th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe
We talk a lot about sugar in this space. That sweet, white powder is delicious, but it's also at least partially responsible for public health problems from obesity to diabetes to heart disease. Singular sugar facts don't always paint the complete picture. Let's take a broader look at sugar, our health, and how you can cut back on the sweet stuff
March 18th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe
Apple juice is the quintessential kid's drink, right? It turns out that your child's favorite drink isn't so healthy
January 21st, 2014 | by Tanya Sitton
Katie Couric strode impressively onto the documentary scene this week with Fed Up, a film premiering last Sunday at the Sundance film festival. Fed Up explores the underlying and often invisible forces driving the childhood obesity crisis, and brings the idea of food as a vital political issue to an ever-growing mainstream audience
January 15th, 2014 | by Jill Ettinger
There's even more evidence about the benefits of participating in a family meal, especially for children
December 28th, 2013 | by Tanya Sitton
Happy almost-New-Year, food news enthusiasts! With all the festivities to attend and holiday soirées to plan, I'll keep this week's top news roundup short, sweet, and to the point. This week's good news features organic food, vegan food, and ag-gag defeats; but wait -- there's also fast food, cancer, and horse slaughter news that deserves to be on the radar of conscious eaters and ethical foodies. Read on, for the final food news roundup of the year!
November 16th, 2013 | by Tanya Sitton
This week's top stories bring some nifty research to the table: meat and diabetes, school lunches and student health, Alzheimer's and herbs! The FDA tries some more baby steps towards regulating dangerous stuff in our food -- what a neat idea! -- and processed foods reach a new low, sending children to the emergency room. GMO apples that resist turning brown won't save the world; but they're the hot new biotech item, and the USDA seeks public comment about it. Also, cattle ranchers hate Joan Jett -- read on to find out why!
October 18th, 2013 | by Tanya Sitton
One NYC school implemented an all-vegetarian school lunch menu this year, and already school administrators report positive results. Since shifting towards a healthier lunch program, the school says its students demonstrate better attention and test scores -- plus a small but promising decline in obesity rates. Happy National School Lunch Week, veggie-style!
August 18th, 2013 | by Tanya Sitton
If you follow food and health news in the U.S. our obesity crisis is no secret: more than 18% of premature deaths can be linked to excess weight. An estimated 1 in 3 American children now struggle with obesity, a rate that has almost tripled since 1963. But after decades of skyrocketing obesity rates, new research offers a glimmer of cautious optimism
July 26th, 2013 | by Tanya Sitton
On Tuesday Michelle Obama addressed an enthusiastic audience about health concerns facing Hispanic families in the U.S. The First Lady spoke eloquently about the importance of healthy choices in fighting debilitating lifestyle diseases, now distressingly prevalent even among our children -- especially among Hispanic (and other minority) children. But framing childhood obesity as a choice-driven issue sells parents and kids way short, especially within economically marginalized communities. If we fail to address the underlying problems, we can't begin to hope for actual progress
March 20th, 2013 | by Tanya Sitton
It's no secret: food manufacturers see kids as golden geese. Establish brand recognition during the preschool years, and you've got yourself a customer for life! Of course, you've also got a nation filled with children struggling with obesity, diabetes, and other lifelong health risks... but hey, that's for their parents to worry about! Parent, author, and educator Anna Lappe calls food companies out -- and calls all of us to action -- in a TEDx talk published earlier this month
January 24th, 2013 | by Matthew Lovitt
When are food marketing techniques considered predatory and recognized for their intent to mislead their target audience
December 20th, 2012 | by Matthew Lovitt
By now, we are all well aware that the state of our children’s health is in rapid decline. With nearly 30% of children identified as either overweight or obese and the alarming rate with which children are developing type II, adult-onset, diabetes, everyone is attempting to assert blame for the epidemic that has a firm grip on the health of our youth.