Deloitte's 2010 Consumer Food Safety Survey found a 17% decrease in the number of consumers who say they are concerned about food quality, even as 90% perceive that recalls are on the rise. Also, half of the survey participants said that country-of-origin labels would influence their purchases.
Weight-control expert Dr. Howard Shapiro says the rising rate of childhood obesity is a result of a lack of exercise and the consumption of fast food instead of home-cooked meals. He says that parents should be concerned about overweight children developing diabetes, high cholesterol and other health problems, and that simple dietary changes at home can make a difference.
Norway researchers found that women who are overweight seem to be at higher risk of developing fibromyalgia than those who have a healthy body weight. They also discovered that obese women who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing the chronic pain syndrome than inactive, heavier women.
A Canadian study found no relationship between dietary intake of vitamin D or calcium and breast cancer risk, but women who took a vitamin D supplement of at least 400 international units daily had a 24% lower risk of the disease. Study authors noted that U.S. and Canadian health officials are considering recommendations to increase daily vitamin D intake but said more research is needed on the effects of larger doses.
Some 50 million Americans are "food insecure" and they tend to live in food deserts, inner-city areas without access to affordable, healthy foods, says Miguel Lausell, chairman of the National Puerto Rican Coalition. He said even when grocers do open stores in these neighborhoods, they tend to offer lower-quality foods and have high markups on basic staples.