In a five year study sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to reduce childhood obesity in the United States, an estimated 6.4 trillion calories were reduced in food and beverages by some of the nation’s largest food companies including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Campbell’s. This resulted in an average of 78 calories cut out of an American’s daily diet. What are your thoughts about this research? How great of an impact do you think this will have on the struggle to eliminate childhood obesity?
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A perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine states that not all food related decisions are consciously made. Food choices are automatic and may even be the opposite of what the person deciding would consciously prefer. Vendors pay a slotting fee in order for retail markets to guarantee their products to be placed in prime consumer locations. How do you think placement of goods impacts your grocery shopping trip?
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Bloomberg, the mayor of New York, has once again succeeded in introducing new public health policies. In an effort to reduce the country’s increasing obesity rate, the New York City Board of Health approved a ban on sale of sodas and sugary drinks in container larger than 16 ounces at restaurants, street carts and movie theaters on Thursday September 13th. This policy is a first of its kind in the country, but the spokesman for New Yorkers Beverage Choice opposes the decision and adds that this restricts the consumers freedom of choice. What are your thoughts about this policy? What measures can be taken to reduce obesity in this country?
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A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Diabetes looked at more than 12,000 children and found that singletons are more likely to be overweight than children with siblings. In addition, siblings with larger age gap differences also show that the older child is more likely to be overweight. This interesting phenomenon is not clearly understood, but there is a definite association between being an only child and the risk of being overweight. Thus, more research needs to be conducted to unravel this mystery. What can parents do to help their singletons maintain a healthy weight?
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New research from the New Balance Obesity Prevention Center at the Boston Children’s Hospital published in the Journal of the American Medical Association assessed how low-glycemic index (40% carbohydrate, 40% fat and 20% protein),low-fat and low-carbohydrate diets affected weight loss and maintenance. The diets mainly containing low-glycemic index or low carbohydrate foods were more effective for patients who tried to keep their weight off. What are your thoughts?
Could apples help you keep your blood sugar in check? A new study published in PLoS ONE, found a compound called ursolic acid, which is naturally found in apples, helped mice to gain less weight and to keep their blood sugar levels more stable. What dietary and lifestyle recommendations do you make to your patients to help them maintain a healthy weight and blood sugar?
Researchers have published their animal study findings in the journal Cell Metabolism, linking consumption of milk containing nicotinamide riboside with increased metabolism and longevity.It appears that boosting of SIRT1 gene is the key in slowing aging process and calorie restriction, providing the same benefit as resveratrol. What are your thoughts?
A recent study by Australian researchers offers a way to motivate seniors to increasetheir daily exercise by using a pedometer. This visual monitor offers a positive feedback and countsthe number of steps walked. The researchers found that the pedometer groupwas significantly more motivated to increase activity level. What other strategies can be used to motivate seniors to exercise more?