Children describe junk food advertising as ‘tempting’ and ‘addictive’, and say they could ‘lick the screen,’ according to a new junk food advertising study from Cancer Research UK.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.