The WISE & Healthy Aging program providing free or reduced-cost lunches for seniors in Santa Monica, Calif., is dropping funding from Los Angeles County so it can give priority seating to elderly residents who often cannot get lunch because spots are taken by people living outside Santa Monica. There are several countywide lunch programs for the elderly, and the city's human resources administrator, Margaret Willis, said she is confident people will not go hungry.
A House bill would end marketing-expense tax deductions for advertising that targets unhealthy food choices to children. The bill would rely on food-quality designations from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Federal Trade Commission, which have previously tried to prohibit most food advertising to children.
Commercial diet plans recognize that men look at losing weight differently than women do, taking a simpler approach and often referring to it as getting in shape, experts said. Some diets offer gender-specific menus, and nutrition specialist Jim White of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says men shed pounds more quickly than women do because their greater muscle mass gives them a higher metabolic rate.
Participants in a study ate more M&M's and fewer carrots when the snacks were in packages that let participants see inside, compared with opaque packaging. The results indicate delicious-looking food gets eaten more when in clear packages.
A study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that while more obese black patients qualify for weight-loss surgery, twice as many obese white patients underwent the procedure from 1999 to 2010. Researchers said differences in insurance coverage may contribute to the discrepancy, but more studies are needed to determine whether cultural differences and physician mistrust may also be factors.