Experts in nutrition, marketing, medicine and public health want President Barack Obama to tighten guidelines on food marketing for children. A group of 75 researchers sent Obama a letter urging him to adopt voluntary guidelines for the food industry that would limit the amount of sodium, fat and sugar in food marketed to children.
Many 100-calorie snacks such as crackers, cookies and chips have low nutritional value and contain high levels of carbs and fats, which elevates insulin levels and causes fat-absorption problems, nutrition experts said. Single-serving snacks can help control overeating, but may also pose an obesity threat because people tend to eat more than one serving, experts said.
The CDC has introduced the four-year Childhood Obesity Demonstration Project, which aims to prevent obesity in children 2 to 12 who are included in the Children's Health Insurance Program. The $25 million project, funded under provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, will look for ways to promote healthy, active living and seeks to involve families and communities.
Placing fruit in a colorful bowl and prominently displaying it increased school-lunch sales of fruit by 104%, according to researchers with the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement at Cornell University. The Cornell team was led by professor Brian Wansink and was supported by White House chef Sam Kass and the federal "Let's Move" campaign. They studied school-lunchroom designs and suggested low-cost changes that encourage students to choose healthy foods.
Replacing a diet high in saturated dairy fat with a rapeseed-oil-based diet for three weeks helped reduce serum cholesterol, triglyceride and low-density lipoprotein levels in patients with hyperlipidemia, a study in the Journal of Internal Medicine found.