McDonald’s Commits To More Balanced Happy Meals By 2022 : The Salt : NPR

The company says by the end of 2022, at least 50 percent or more of the kids meal options listed on menus will meet new global Happy Meal nutrition criteria: Meals will have 600 calories or less; no more than 10 percent of calories from saturated fat; no more than 650 mg sodium; and no more than 10 percent of calories from added sugar.

Source: McDonald’s Commits To More Balanced Happy Meals By 2022 : The Salt : NPR

A 12 Diet Cokes-a-day habit like Trump’s is worth changing

Another recent study looked at the relationship between drinking diet soda and long-term waist circumference change among people 65 and older. The University of Texas Health Science Center researchers found that drinking diet soda was associated with escalating abdominal obesity, which in turn leads to an increased risk of heart disease.

Source: A 12 Diet Cokes-a-day habit like Trump’s is worth changing – CNN

11-year-old killed after 400-pound step-grandfather pins him down, prosecutors say | Fox News

An Ohio 11-year-old boy was killed after he was pinned down by his step-grandfather, who investigators said weighs up to 400 pounds.Authorities in Brown County said Donald Martin, Jr. 58, was arrested on Friday after the boy’s grandmother called 911 to report he wasn’t breathing.“He came home and threw a fit,” the grandmother of Dylan Davis told the dispatcher, according to Fox 8. “Police came here all the time for him and he threw a fit. My husband was holding him down, he got sick and then he just passed out. I don’t know.”

Source: 11-year-old killed after 400-pound step-grandfather pins him down, prosecutors say | Fox News

Low-fat diet could kill you, major study shows

Low-fat diets could raise the risk of early death by almost one quarter, a major study has found.

The Lancet study of 135,000 adults found those who cut back on fats had far shorter lives than those enjoying plenty of butter, cheese and meats.Researchers said the study was at odds with repeated health advice to cut down on fats.

Those doing so tended to eat far too much stodgy food like bread, pasta and rice, the experts said, while missing out on vital nutrients.

Participants eating the highest levels of carbohydrates – particularly refined sugars found in fizzy drinks and processed meals – faced a 28 per cent higher risk of early death.

Source: Low-fat diet could kill you, major study shows

Michelle Obama criticises Trump administration on school meals

Former first lady Michelle Obama is criticising a Trump administration decision to delay federal rules aimed at making school lunches healthier.

She told an annual health conference in Washington that more nutritious school lunches are important since millions of American children eat federally subsidised school breakfasts and lunches.

Without mentioning President Donald Trump, she said parents should stop and “think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap.”In one of his first major actions, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said his department would delay an upcoming requirement to reduce the amount of sodium in US school meals.Purdue said he would also keep issuing waivers to a regulation requiring that more whole grains be served at schools.

Source: Michelle Obama criticises Trump administration on school meals

Americans now drink more bottled water than soda

Americans now officially drink more bottled water than soda. It’s a shift that decades ago might have seemed unthinkable — that consumers would buy a packaged version of something they could get free from a tap. But bottled-water sales have been growing in the U.S. ever since the arrival of Perrier in the 1970s. The gains accelerated in recent years, as shown in the chart below, amid concerns about the health effects of sugary drinks and the safety of public-water supplies.

Bottled-water consumption in the U.S. reached 39.3 gallons per capita last year, while carbonated soft drinks slipped to 38.5 gallons, according to industry tracker Beverage Marketing Corp. Soda still generated more revenue last year: $39.5 billion in retail sales compared with $21.3 billion for water, according to Euromonitor. And 26% of water revenue in 2016 went to soda giants Coca-Cola Co KO, +0.26% and PepsiCo Inc. PEP, +0.93% , which sell the top two brands Dasani and Aquafina, respectively, and are now pushing higher-priced premium brands.

Source: Americans now drink more bottled water than soda – MarketWatch

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Americans are fatter than ever, CDC survey finds

The results are in from the one of the largest and broadest surveys of health in the United States. And although many of the findings are encouraging — more Americans had health insurance and fewer smoked cigarettes in 2015 than in previous years — the gains were overshadowed by rising rates of obesity and diabetes.

Every year since 1957, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been asking Americans 18 and older about their health and the health of their family members as part of the National Health Interview Survey. The new report contains data from the 2015 survey, which included more than 100,000 people.

“There are some positives that we see” in the report, said Brian Ward, health statistician at CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics and one of the authors of the report, which came out this week.

One such positive was that participants seemed to have more access to health care in 2015 than in recent years, based on their answers about whether they were insured and had a place to go for medical care, such as a doctor’s office or clinic.

However, the big negative is that the rate of obesity in the United States is continuing its upward march. In 2015, 30.4% of Americans 20 and older said they were obese, up from 29.9% in 2014.

Although the 2015 rate is not significantly higher than the previous year’s, it represents a continuation of a trend that has been going on since at least 1997, when researchers began using the current survey and when only 19.4% of Americans said they were obese.

“That is not a good trend there,” Ward said. “[But] it is not necessarily anything unexpected.”

Source: Americans are fatter than ever, CDC survey finds – CNN.com

500-pound gangster packs snacks for court hearing

A 500-pound gangster accused of operating a massive gun-running ring wasn’t about to go hungry at his hearing in Bronx Criminal Court on Monday.

Suspect William “Wobbles’’ Soler made sure he had a secret stash of food — a clear plastic bag of honey-roasted Planters peanuts hidden on his left side, tucked between him and his wheelchair.

The tubby, tattooed gangster was rolled in through the audience entrance, since his wheelchair won’t fit through the door by which inmates typically enter.

Looking annoyed, Wobbles, 33, watched as his lawyer and prosecutors privately hashed out issues in front of the judge for several minutes.

The case was then adjourned until May 6.

Wobbles’ lawyer, Brian Sullivan, said his client has lost up to 80 pounds since his arrest a year ago.

Source: 500-pound gangster packs snacks for court hearing | New York Post

Plateau But No Decline: Child Obesity Rates Hold Steady

When it comes to reversing the obesity epidemic, there have been glimmers of hope that the U.S. might be making headway, especially with young children.

 

For instance, back in 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention documented declines in obesity rates among low-income preschoolers in many states. And case studies in cities including Kearney, Neb., Vance, N.C., and New York , N.Y., have reported progress, too.

 

But a new study published in the journal Obesity concludes that — though the prevalence of obesity among U.S. children has plateaued in recent years — there is no indication of a national decline.

 

“If you look at the long-term from 1999 to 2014, we see a pretty consistent increase in obesity across all-aged children,” says study author Asheley Cockrell Skinner, a researcher at the Duke Clinical Research Institute at Duke University. And she points to a continued increase in the rate of severe, or morbid, obesity among teens, which rose from 6 percent in 1999 to about 10 percent in 2014.

Source: Plateau But No Decline: Child Obesity Rates Hold Steady : The Salt : NPR