Topic: childhood obesity

Report: Junk Food In Schools Accounts For 400 Billion Calories Every Year

Report: Junk Food In Schools Accounts For 400 Billion Calories Every Year

If you side with “hungry” high schoolers and uninformed lawmakers who care about business more than the health of our kids, you may think that new regulations on school lunches, which are designed to to cut down on junk food, are just too nanny state-ish. But it’s not just Michelle Obama who’s worried about the crap our nation’s students are eating. Retired military officers–yes, veterans–also believe passionately in the issue. They’ve released yet another report, called “Still Too Fat To Fight,” which states that junk food is still leaving America’s students too unhealthy to have a strong military presence. More »

Physical Activity Programs Not Reducing Childhood Obesity…Here’s Why

Physical Activity Programs Not Reducing Childhood Obesity...Here's Why

We all know that childhood obesity is on the rise. And one would think that adding more sports and physical activity programs at school and after school would help reduce that. But according to a new study, it’s not. In fact, not only are these programs failing to help kids maintain a healthy weight, they are failing to get them moving at all. How can that be? More »

Cranberry Juice May Get Banned From Schools; Critics Blame Michelle Obama

Cranberry Juice May Get Banned From Schools; Critics Blame Michelle Obama

Cranberry juice could be banned from school vending machines for its sugar content, under new guidelines from the Department of Agriculture aimed at reducing childhood obesity. The cranberry industry is (obviously) rallying against the regulations, saying that overall, it’s a healthy drink. There are sugary drinks with far more offensive ingredients than cranberry juice, it’s true, but typically it’s full of added sugar that could earn it status (er, stigma) alongside sodas and other sugary drinks. But for the most part, arguments over nutrition facts aren’t about the juice at all; they’re more about taking jabs at Michelle Obama and others’ efforts to get government involved in kids’ health. More »

Cut The Crap, Nestle–Of Course Girl Scout Candy Bars Are Marketed Toward Children

Cut The Crap, Nestle--Of Course Girl Scout Candy Bars Are Marketed Toward Children

Nestlé would like you to know that it is definitely, definitely not marketing its new line of Girl Scout candy bars to children, because they promised they weren’t going to do that anymore. But last time I checked, the Girl Scouts were pretty clearly associated with childhood. And although Nestlé agreed not to market to children under age 12 via the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative, it’s blatantly obvious that these candy bars are in violation of that agreement–no matter what the all-powerful company is saying. More »

Helicopter Parents Won’t Let Kids Bike To School; No Wonder Kids Are Fat

Helicopter Parents Won't Let Kids Bike To School; No Wonder Kids Are Fat

Bicycling.com just ran a story that sums up the plight of children in our country today–kids are not allowed to ride bikes to school. Why? Helicopter parents and uptight school administrators believe it is safer for kids to get driven everywhere. But what they don’t understand is that it’s far more dangerous for kids to be inactive. Not to mention what kind of message this sends them about their mental health. More »

The Next Jamie Oliver: 6th Grade Boy Develops His Own Weight Loss Plan

The Next Jamie Oliver: 6th Grade Boy Develops His Own Weight Loss Plan

Debates about the childhood obesity epidemic often come down to the parents — and for good reason. Establishing healthy habits and an active lifestyle in our increasing digital age of fast-paced schedules and overworked moms and dads is the modern parents’ dilemma. But despite everyone and literally their mother having an opinion about who to blame with regard to overweight children, it’s often a space where we rarely hear from the children themselves. Fat-shaming ads aside, obese kids are often spoken for in lunch time policies or by parents. Seldom do we hear from children who, confronted with unhealthy practices, decide to turn it around — like 12-year-old Marshall Reid.

The New York Times reports that the then 10-year-old was the brunt of bullying for being overweight and on a single walk home from school, decided to develop his own weight loss plan. Although the kid did ask for his mother’s help, it was of his own volition to change his diet: More »

Urban ‘Food Deserts’ Are Probably A Myth

Urban 'Food Deserts' Are Probably A Myth

‘Food deserts’ have become a favorite scapegoat of those seeking to find something, anything, to explain why Americans are getting ever fatter and sicker. And fixing these food deserts—a term used to refer to (mostly poor, urban) areas where fast food and convenience stores are omnipresent but fresh fruit, vegetables and other healthy options scarce—has become a rallying cry for the likes of policy makers, health advocates and Michelle Obama. But two new studies reported in the New York Times suggest the whole concept of food deserts might be a myth, and unrelated to obesity. More »