We are changing the way we think about food, nutrition, and health. So what’s the latest buzz around the Internet and in the news this month? Below are some of the most intriguing insights and trends.
US cracks down on bogus weight-loss products.
Weight-Loss Companies Charged with Fraud: (The New York Times) The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged Sensa Products, L'Occitane, HCG Diet Direct and LeanSpa with deceptively marketing weight-loss products. The companies made 'unfounded promises' that consumers could lose weight using their food additives, skin creams, and dietary supplements. The four companies will collectively pay $34 million to refund consumers. The case is part of a broader crackdown on companies that the government says “peddle fad weight-loss products.”
The triad of impulsivity, food addiction, and obesity.
Impulsive Personality Tied to Food Addiction: (PsychCentral) University of Georgia investigators have found that people with impulsive personalities are more susceptible to food addiction. We already know that compulsive overeating is associated with obesity. The same behaviors associated with alcohol and drug abuse may lead to unhealthy food relationships. Researchers noted that food addiction has generated a lot of interest recently due to its similarities with other forms of addiction, and it may be treatable working with similar techniques to address impulsivity, food addiction and obesity.
The obesity – cancer link: 50% of cases could be prevented with diet.
Cancer Prevention: WHO Report says Diet is Critical: (Saludify) Obesity is a major source of “preventable” cancers. The World Health Organization (WHO) predicts that new cancer cases will increase 70% over the next two decades. WHO researchers cited high sugar consumption, alcohol abuse, and obesity as prime suspects in developing certain cancers, suggesting that 50% of the predicted cases could be prevented with diet or lifestyle changes. They claim a balanced diet with good sources of fiber from vegetables, fruits, and whole grains can stave off cancer.
Is overweight becoming the new normal for our children?
Many Parents of Obese Children Underestimate their Weight, And Parents of Normal-Weight Kids Often Think They are too Thin: (HealthDay) Data show that half of the parents of overweight or obese children think their kids are of normal weight. Conversely, one in seven parents of normal-weight children think their kids are too thin. With more than one-third of children in the U.S. classified as overweight or obese according to their BMI, it is suspected that overweight is beginning to “look” normal. Pediatricians are being asked to take a more active role in counseling parents on their children’s weight.
Real world data show neighborhood grocery store initiative fails to alter obesity.
Better Access to Healthy Foods is not enough to Tackle Obesity: (London School of Hygeine & Tropical Medicine) US initiatives to put grocery stores with low cost healthy foods into economically-disadvantaged neighborhoods so as to lower obesity rates and increase fruit and vegetable consumption have failed to live up to their promise. According to a recent study published in Health Affairs, building new food retail stores is not sufficient to improve the diets of low-income residents. This is the first formal evaluation to measure the effectiveness of government programs, such as the $400 million Healthy Food Financing Initiative, and it mirrors earlier study findings in the UK.
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Published On: February 14, 2014