Wake-up call to parents: Children’s fast food meals to avoid

Hardees Kids Meal

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Reblogged:from Huffington Post                                                                                Wake-up call to parents: Children’s fast food meals to avoidLet’s face it: we all love fast food kids’ meals. Kids love them for the toys and packaging; parents love them because they’re easy and convenient. Plus, when they include apples and cheese, they have some nutritional value, right?Well, not exactly, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. According to PCRM, the meals are loaded with sugar and  sodium, and really offer very little nutritional value. They’ve come out with a list of the 5 worst “healthy” fast food kids’ meals. See if some of your favorites are on the list, but remember, the best  advice…everything in moderation.                                                                                                                                                                                           The Committee says that certain fast  food kids’ meals marketed as “healthy” are anything but. “Frankly,  passing off these meals as ‘healthy’ ought to be a crime at a time when 16.9 million American children and adolescents are obese,”  says  PCRM president Dr. Neal Barnard. “The focus on junk food targeted to  kids is important, given how miserably the fast-food industry has failed to live up to its promise of self-regulation.” Here Is a link to the video http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/wake-up-call-to-parents-worst-fast-food-kids-meals-that-will-surprise-you.html  How often do you treat your kids to fast food meals?                                                                                                                           Eating, Fast food, Food, Happy Meal, Health, Healthy Ways to Lose Weight, Human nutrition, International Food Information Council, Kids’ meal, McDonald, Neal D. Barnard, Obesity, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, United States, Weight, Weight Loss Tips, weight tips

New York City official defends “supersize” drink ban

New York City official defends “supersize” drink ban

Reblogged:from Yahoo Health                                                                                                            New York City official defends “supersize” drink ban                                                                                                                       WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New York City’s top health official on Thursday shot back at critics who have blasted the city’s plan to limit the sale of oversized sugary drinks such as soda, calling beverage industry opposition ridiculous. The proposed ban, which caps most sugar-sweetened beverages at 16 ounces and carries a $200 fine for vendors that do not comply, met immediate backlash from beverage companies and others who argue it is government overreach, but was lauded by public health experts. “It’s not saying ‘no’ to people. It’s saying, ‘Are you sure? Do you really want that?'” Thomas Farley, New York City’s health commissioner, said. “It’s sending people a message while giving people the freedom to drink as much as they want.” Speaking at an anti-soda conference in Washington, Farley said that drink makers are following the same play-book as tobacco companies that push back against government action aimed at protecting consumers from harmful products. Coca-Cola Co and McDonald’s Corps along with beverage industry groups have said consumers should be able to make their own drink choices and that sodas are not to blame for the nation’s soaring obesity rates. The industry has launched a wave of ads attacking New York City’s plan, which New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last week. Sugary drink consumption may just be a part of the U.S. obesity epidemic, but the products are the largest single source of sugar in the diet and have a major impact on health, Farley said. Reducing obesity by just 10 percent in New York City would save about 500 lives a year, he added. “It’s ridiculous to say we shouldn’t try something that’s only going to solve a portion of the problem,” he said at the event, which was sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a group that has long advocated against junk food. American Beverage Association spokeswoman Karen Hanretty, in a statement, defended the group’s response and said Bloomberg’s proposal “has gone too far with a proposal that will do nothing to reduce the serious problem of obesity in America.” The city’s cup size ban will be submitted June 12 to the New York City Board of Health, which will then vote on it after a three-month comment period. If approved by the board, the ban would take effect early next year. The beverage industry is expected to spend massive amounts of money to fight it. Legal analysts have said drink makers face an uphill battle in the courts if they opt for legal challenges to block the effort. Public health experts have embraced Bloomberg’s plan and see it as an approach that could be applied in communities across the country. Kelly Brownell, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University, said targeting sugar sweetened beverages makes sense because they offer empty calories with no nutritional value. Another city’s mayor, Michael Nutter of Philadelphia, told the conference that he has seen some progress from drink makers selling smaller sizes and low-calorie or no-calorie products, but that so far they are not owning up to their role in the nation’s weight struggle. “The industry needs to at least acknowledge that they are part of the problem,” he said.                                                                                                            American Beverage Association, Bloomberg, Calorie, diet, Dieting, Health, Healthy Ways to Lose Weight, Human nutrition, Loss Weight, McDonald, Michael Bloomberg, Michael Nutter, New York City, Nutrition, Soft drink, Thomas Farley, Top weight-loss, Weight, Weight Loss Tips, weight tips

Man Loses 370 Pounds the Old-Fashioned Way, Reclaims Life

      Man Loses 370 Pounds the Old-Fashioned Way, Reclaims Life                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ABC News’ Maureen White reports:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In 2010,  Neil Burns weighed a whopping 680 pounds.  Too tired to go about his daily life  because of his size and with his eating habits spiraling out of control, the 44-year-old father from Richmond, Ky., said he felt  as if  he were  in prison.

“I couldn’t walk or move,” Burns said. “It was just miserable.”

Starring down at the scales, he said he knew something had to change.  “It was like a ton of bricks hit me,” he wrote on his website about the  pivotal moment. “I started and haven’t looked back.”

(Credit: Ashley DeFisher/Courtsy of Neil Burns)Since then, the 6-foot-4 Burns has shed 370 pounds, almost half his body  weight, and completely changed his life the old-fashioned way, through  diet and exercise.

”  Good Morning America” sent  Chris Powell, our weight-loss correspondent and host of ABC’s ”  Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition,” to visit Burns at his home to check  on his progress and see his  remarkable transformation.

From the photo albums to his closet, it’s easy to see how far Burns has  come over the past 23 months. His old shorts, sizes 8-XL, are far too  big now, and his watch swims around his wrist.

Burns’ first step was to get on a  healthy eating plan. A former fast-food fanatic, he used to eat about 10,000 calories a day, subsisting on value meals at places like McDonald’s and Dairy Queen.  Plus, he said he’d drink a staggering 24 sodas each day. He traded all  of that in for an 1,800 calorie a day diet of  healthy staples,  including turkey sandwiches, spinach salads with chicken and protein  shakes.

Next he slowly introduced exercise into his life. Burns worked his way  up to an intense exercise regimen – an hour and a half of weight-lifting in the morning and then cardio at the gym at night. His two-a-day  workouts burn an average of 1,000 calories a day.

For cardio, Burns took up zumba, a Latin-inspired dance workout class, which he now swears by.

“Being a single guy in a room full of single women  … I thought my odds  are pretty good!” Burns said. (Since Burns’ weight-loss story aired on  local TV and online, he has been proposed to seven times – and even  received a few marriage proposals through Facebook.)

He loved zumba so much – and saw real results that he  kept it up, even becoming a certified instructor.

The last component is what Burns calls his “Jedi mind tricks” – what he  does to keep himself mentally in the game. First, he, says, commit to a  workout buddy.

“I have a friend, Tanya, and if I don’t show up at the gym, she is going to call me!” Burns said.  He credits his support system of friends and  family as one of the most important things that kept him going.

Second, his most important policy: Admit when you cheat.

“I yell at myself and say out loud, ‘I just ate an 18-inch pizza and a  two liter of Mountain Dew.’ [I] yell … and get all of my anger out,” he  said. “Getting it out in the open. It’s just the only way to go.”

To give himself even more incentive, Burns created his “Skinny List,” a  list of 37 things he can do now that he has lost weight. (  See full list below)

The motivational list ranges from simple tasks like vacuuming, which  required too much movement for Burns before his weight loss, to brushing his teeth without losing his breath, being able to sit in a chair with  arms, and buying clothes off the rack like everyone else. It also has  activities that he has dreamed of doing for years but couldn’t, like  hiking, going horseback riding and fitting into a sports car.

Burns and Powell took a trip over to the local Ford dealership to check  that last item off of his “Skinny List.” Buckling his seat belt (without a problem) in a Mustang convertible, Burns drove over to his gym, the  Richmond Athletic Club – a short ride, but a journey that has been two  years and 350 lbs in the making.

Burns is now a motivational speaker and has set up a website,  Burnsweightloss.com, to share his story and help others lose weight.  Today, he weighs 310  pounds and he says he has approximately 40 more pounds until he reaches  his goal weight of 270 lbs.

“There’s nothing you can’t do when you put your mind to it,” Burns said. “Your mind, body, heart and soul. There nothing you can’t do.”

Do You Have an Incredible Weight-Loss Story? Tell ‘GMA’ and Chris Powell


1. be able to sit in a chair with arms

2. fit into an airplane seat with no seat belt extension’s

3. walk up and down stairs like everyone else

4. pick something up off the car floor without having to get out of the car

5. lay down flat in bed and not feel like lungs aren’t going to collapse

6. fit through a turnstile

7. buy clothes off the rack

8. not being the big fat guy in a group on guys night out

9. not having to stretch out shirts so they will fit

10. knees – ankles – feet not hurting

11. Not hearing “wow” you’re big from little kids

12. have a watch that fits without extensions

13. fit into a sports car

14. fit into a booth at a restaurant

15. bending over to pick stuff off the ground

16. being able to see my feet

17. not breaking chairs

18. going to the pool and not wearing a shirt

19. quit being lapped by 80-year-old mall walkers

20. being able to tie my shoes when there on my feet

21. doing spin class and not feeling like I got violated

22. go horseback riding

23. fitting into a public rest room

24. walking on the beach at sun set

25. being able to play sports with my son

26. brushing my teeth without losing my breath

27 walking into Wal-Mart

28. walking to mail box

29. not being stared at

30. being able to look at myself in the mirror

31. feel worthy of love

32. using a vacuum cleaner

33. being able to do laundry standing up

34. being able to unload and load the dish washer standing

35. going hiking

36. not having strangers taking pictures of me

37. being able to walk thru a door way without going sideways                                                                                                                                                                                             Sorry everyone I couldn’t post the video It wouldn’t let me for some reason all I could get was a link. But you should definitely watch it nothing like a good dose of Inspiration to get you going. If Neil Burns can do it so can you! Well I hope this story has Inspired you and that it will help you in some way along you’re weight loss journey. And a Big way to go Neil Burns!

  Link to video:                                                                                                                                  http://news.yahoo.com/video#video=29529911

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Anti-obesity proposal fails again at McDonald’s

   Reblogged: from Yahoo News 

McDonalds Happy Meal

McDonalds Happy Meal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Anti obesity proposal fails again at McDonald’s                             OAKBROOK, Ill., May 24 – McDonald’s Corp investors soundly rejected a shareholder proposal that would have required the worlds biggest fast-food chain to assess its impact on childhood obesity.
The subject was a major topic of discussion at Thursday’s annual shareholder meeting, which also served as a send-off for retiring Chief Executive Jim Skinner – whose nearly eight years at the helm will be remembered as a time when the price of McDonald’s stock tripled.The shareholder proposal, which also failed last year, returned amid growing concern over the social and financial costs of obesity in the United States and around the world – not only in terms of healthcare-related expenses but also lower worker productivity and diminished quality of life.

Nearly one-third of U.S. children are overweight or obese. America is one of the fattest nations on earth, and the Institute of Medicine, in a 2006 report requested by Congress, said junk food marketing contributes to an epidemic of childhood obesity that continues to rise. The institute is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences.

McDonald’s executives on Thursday defended the brand and its advertising.

“We’re proud of the changes we’ve made to our menu. We’ve done more than anybody in the industry around fruits and vegetables and variety and choice,” said Skinner, who will retire on June 30 and who received a standing ovation from investors.


McDonalds (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)


As one of the largest and most influential companies in the restaurant industry, McDonald’s often bears the brunt of criticism from consumers, parents and healthcare professionals, who want it to serve healthier food and curb its marketing to children.

While the chain has added food like salads, oatmeal and smoothies to its menu, it has pulled ahead of rivals and delivered outsized returns for investors with help from its core lineup of fatty food and sugary drinks.

Corporate Accountability International, a business watchdog group, for the second year in a row backed the obesity proposal, which was endorsed by 2,500 pediatricians, cardiologists and other healthcare professionals.

It called on the company to issue a report on its “health footprint.” The document would evaluate how diet-related illness would affect McDonald’s profit.

In the time since the last shareholder vote, McDonald’s has changed the contents of its popular Happy Meals for children – reducing the french fry portion by more than half and automatically including apples in every meal.

It also won the dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to stop the company from using free toys to promote its Happy Meals for children in California.

Dr Andrew Bremer, a pediatric endocrinologist and professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, presented the proposal at the meeting and said McDonald’s has chosen to employ “countless new PR tactics” that create a perception of change while “unreasonably” exposing shareholders to significant risk.

“It is not enough to point to so-called healthier menu items when children are still the target of aggressive marketing of an overwhelming unhealthy brand,” Bremer said.

McDonald’s board of directors recommended a “no” vote on the proposal, calling it “unnecessary and redundant.”

Shareholders heeded that call. The proposal received 6.4 percent of votes in support, up from 5.6 percent a year ago.

Incoming CEO Don Thompson, who said his two children eat at McDonald’s, was forceful in his response to questions from Corporate Accountability representatives.

“I would never do anything to hurt them or any other children, nor would we as a corporation … Do me the honor, and our entire organization, of not associating us with doing something that is damaging to children. We have been very responsible,” Thompson said.

McDonald’s stock was down 0.5 percent at $91.03 on Thursday afternoon on the New York Stock Exchange.

(Reporting By Lisa Baertlein; editing by Matthew Lewis)

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Servings and Portions

When we are trying to lose weight the Confusion between “servings” and “portions” makes eating the right amount of food difficult. Serving sizes are standardized amounts of food with specific calorie and nutrient contents. Portions, on the other hand, are how much we choose to eat. To make sure you aren’t overeating, you must know the size of a serving. The following everyday approximations should help.

Approximate Single-Serving Sizes

Grilled fish Personal checkbook
Potato Computer mouse
Meat serving Deck of cards
Hard cheese Four dice
Peanut butter Tip of your thumb
Cup of fruit Baseball
Apple/Orange Tennis ball

Once we see how small servings are, most of us realize our portions are way too big. A typical serving of steak at a restaurant, for example, is the size of four decks of cards, the equivalent of four servings. Obviously, choosing to eat wisely means giving importance both to what and to how much we eat. Serving sizes can be sneaky. You think you’re watching your calories by glancing at the nutrition information on the back of your favorite food or beverage, but beware: If you don’t read carefully, you could be taking in four or five times the calories you think you are. Take, for example, that bag of Bear Naked Banana Nut granola that you like for breakfast. Pour yourself a medium bowlful and you could be eating as many calories and grams of fat as a McDonald’s double cheeseburger. That’s because the actual serving size is only 1/4 cup (a mere 4 tablespoons) and 140 calories. Pour a whole cup’s worth (which is easy to do) and you’re eating 560 calories and 28 grams of fat.

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