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

Hardees Kids Meal

Hardees Kids Meal (Photo credit: nibaq)

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

Dr Oz, 5 Fall Weight Mistakes

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5 Healthy Habits the Hippies Got Right

5 Healthy Habits the Hippies  GotTofo Burger Right

Reblogged: from Yahoo on Shine                                                                                                                                        I grew up in Center City Philadelphia in the 1970s, an enclave of clog-wearing moms and bearded dads. I went to a school run by peace-loving Quakers, and even my own mother, more preppie than hippie, went through a phase of growing alfalfa sprouts on our kitchen counter. Of course I rolled my eyes at all of it, but looking back, many of the food and lifestyle choices these aging hippies espoused were spot on. Here are five ways the “me” generation got healthy living.                                                                                                                                                                        1.They dug tofu: The first time I ever had a tofu “burger” was at a backyard barbecue thrown by a friend’s vegetarian parents. It was literally a slab of tofu an inch thick, thrown on the grill and then stuffed between a hamburger bun. While this was not the most creative way to make a burger substitute, you can’t argue with its healthfulness, especially when compared to red meat. Studies show that tofu, which is produced from soy beans and is the only plant-based food that is a complete protein source, can lower risk of heart disease and improve bone health. Unfortunately, most Americans are still a little wary of the stuff: compared to the Japanese, who consume about 8 grams of soy protein daily, we only eat a gram. Brown rice                                                                                                                                 2. They were big on brown: As a kid, everywhere I looked I saw the color brown: brown corduroys, brown shoes, and yes, brown food. The first time I ate brown rice I was bewildered by its chewiness-why was this so different from the boil-in-the bag stuff I had at my grandmother’s house? The difference is that brown rice hasn’t had its endosperm-the healthy outer coating-stripped away. This is where all the nutrients are, including the fiber and antioxidants that keep your heart healthy and reduce risk for diseases like cancer and diabetes.                                                                                 RELATED: Beyond Coregasm: The Top 5 Workout-Induced Pleasures They were vegetarians                                                                                                      3.They were vegetarians: That tofu burger wasn’t the only non-meat meal I encountered growing up; odd, sesame-coated macrobiotic noodles, seaweed salad, and an oatmeal-colored dip someone told me was called “humus,” which would later become best friend to baby carrots and afternoon snackers everywhere. In addition to the ethics and environmental benefits of eating a vegetarian diet, studies show vegetarians weigh less and have lower risk of all major diseases, including heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. And more and more Americans are following a vegetarian or modified vegetarian diet-currently about seven million people in the US consider themselves vegetarian. They understood the benefits of meditation. They understood the benefits of meditation.                                                                          4.They meditated: When I was 11 years old, I joined a friend’s family on a car trip from Philadelphia to Chicago . Every morning before we could get back on the road, we had to wait 20 minutes while the mom meditated. At the time we mocked it relentlessly, but looking back, it likely gave her enough patience to endure a long car ride with restless, bickering kids. Meditation’s value as a stress reliever and all around mood booster is impressive; extensive research has proven that it can lower risk of depression, beat anxiety, and improve mental health. And it doesn’t take much. Studies show that people who practice mindful meditation-sitting quietly with your eyes closed and repeating a word or “mantra” over and over-for just 20 minutes a day reap significant benefits.                                                                                                                 RELATED: 10 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Your Skin They let it mellow.                                                                                                                    5. They let it mellow: Anything yellow that is. This was such a common occurrence in my youth that I started to think Philadelphia had a serious plumbing problem. But resisting to the urge to flush saves three gallons of water each time. If a family of four flushes six times a day (the average amount an individual needs to pee in a day) that’s 24 gallons of water wasted. While I must admit it’s not a practice I particularly love, if you drink enough water so your pee is clear-which is a sign of proper hydration anyway-then nothing “yellow” need mellow.  This one I think is a little nasty but it was part of the post. Oh well they were hippies what can I say. I have a family of four but I’m not going to let it mellow I got after my son all the time about this.I know it’s good to conserve water and all but In my home if you use it you better flush it!

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The Dangers of Rapid Weight Loss

Rapid weight loss through CONSTANT exercise.

Rapid weight loss through CONSTANT exercise.

The Dangers of Rapid Weight Loss                                                                                                               Are you interested in losing weight?  If you are, are you looking for a rapid weight loss?  Rapid weight loss, also commonly referred to as quick weight loss or fast weight loss, involves losing weight in a short period of time, often anywhere from two to seven days.Each year, in the United States, hundreds of thousands of Americans are interested in rapidly losing weight.  Many people wish to lose weight before an important event, like an upcoming vacation or a wedding.  While it is defiantly possible to understand how you can want to lose weight quickly, namely as fast as possible, you need to proceed with caution.  Although it is possible to lose weight, at least a little bit of it, in a relatively quick period of time, you should know that there are dangers associated with doing so.One of the many dangers of rapid weight loss is some of the many measures that some people take. For instance, it is common to hear of individuals who have decided not to eat, while trying to achieve a rapid weight loss.  Going without food, for even a short period of time, can be dangerous to your health.  A better alternative is to cut back on the food that you do eat or to just make sure that it is healthy foods in which you are eating. By limiting your calories, you should be able to achieve at least a small weight loss in the time that you were looking to.  It is just very important that you do eat.

In addition to eating healthy, another component of weight loss is exercise.  Unfortunately, many individuals do not realize that it can take up to one week to notice the signs of exercise. With that in mind, the more weight you need to lose, the sooner it is that you may start seeing results.  While exercise is a major component of losing weight, it is important that you do not overdo it, especially if you haven’t had a regular exercise plan.  Running on the treadmill for three hours, instead of thirty minutes, may help reduce your calorie intake, but, at the same time, it may also land you in the hospital.

Another problem that is often associated with rapid weight loss is the taking of medications or other weight loss products.  The good news is that many of these products do work and some are even safe, but you may not be able to tell what you are getting. If you are interested in using a weight loss product, like a diet pill or a cleanse, to help you lose weight, it is important that you do the proper amount of research first.  This research may involve checking product reviews, to see if the product is effective, or speaking with a healthcare professional.

As you can see, it is important that you proceed with caution when trying to achieve rapid weight loss. Although unexpected events or appearances do pop-up, most individuals have at least a months worth of notice before attending a large event, like a wedding or even a vacation.  As soon as you know about your upcoming event, you are advised to start trying to lose weight then, if you are interested in doing so.  Rapid weight loss can be dangerous; therefore, you shouldn’t rely on it if possible.                                                         Healthy Ways to Lose Weight,diet, Dieting, dieting programs, Eating, Fitness, Health, Loss Weight, Physical exercise, Rapid Weight Loss, Shopping, Top Weight loss, United States, weight loss, weight loss programs, Weight Loss Tips, weight tips

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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Obesity Fight Must Shift From Personal Blame, IOM Urges

Obesity Fight Must Shift From Personal Blame, IOM Urges   

Picture of an Obese Teenager (146kg/322lb) wit...

Picture of an Obese Teenager (146kg/322lb) with Central Obesity, side view.Self Made Picture of an Obese Teenager (Myself) (146kg/322lb) with Central Obesity, Front View. Feel Free to use. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Report targets “obesogenic” environment, not individuals
Makes schools the center of the obesity fight
Consider taxing sugary drinks, changing farm policy
By Sharon Begley
New York, May 8 (Reuters) – America‘s obesity epidemic is so  deeply rooted that it will take dramatic and systemic measures –  from overhauling farm policies and zoning laws to, possibly,  introducing a soda tax – to fix it, the influential Institute of  Medicine said on Tuesday.
In an ambitious 478-page report, the IOM refutes the idea  that obesity is largely the result of a lack of willpower on the  part of individuals. Instead, it embraces policy proposals that  have met with stiff resistance from the food industry and  lawmakers, arguing that multiple strategies will be needed to  make the U.S. environment less “obesogenic.”
The IOM, part of the National Academies, offers advice to  the government and others on health issues. Its report was  released at the Weight of the Nation conference, a three-day  meeting hosted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention. Cable channel HBO will air a documentary of the same  name next week.
“People have heard the advice to eat less and move more for  years, and during that time a large number of Americans have  become obese,” committee member Shiriki Kumanyika of the  University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine told Reuters.     “That advice will never be out of date. But when you see the  increase in obesity you ask, what changed? And the answer is,  the environment. The average person cannot maintain a healthy  weight in this obesity-promoting environment.”
A study funded by the CDC and released on Monday projected  that by 2030, 42 percent of American adults will be obese,  compared to 34 percent today and 11 percent will be severely  obese, compared to 6 percent today.
Another one-third of American adults are overweight today,  and one-third of children aged 2 to 19 are overweight or obese.  Obesity is defined as having a body mass index – a measure of  height to weight – of 30 or greater. Overweight means a BMI of  25 to 29.9.
Officials at the IOM and CDC are trying to address the  societal factors that led the percentage of obese adults to more  than double since 1980, when it was 15 percent. Among children,  it has soared from 5 to 17 percent in the past 30 years. One  reason: in 1977, children 2 to 18 consumed an average of 1,842  calories per day. By 2006, that had climbed to 2,022.
Obesity is responsible for an additional $190 billion a year  in healthcare costs, or one-fifth of all healthcare spending,  Reuters reported last month, plus billions more in higher health  insurance premiums, lost productivity and  absenteeism.
The IOM panel included members from academia, government,  and the private sector. It scrutinized some 800 programs and  interventions to identify those that can significantly reduce  the incidence of obesity within 10 years.
“There has been a tendency to look for a single solution,  like putting a big tax on soda or banning marketing (of  unhealthy food) to children,” panel chairman Dan Glickman, a  senior fellow of the Bipartisan Policy Center and a former  secretary of the Department of Agriculture, told Reuters. “What  this report says is this is not a one-solution problem.”
The panel identifies taxing sugar-sweetened beverages as a  “potential action,” noting that “their link to obesity is  stronger than that observed for any other food or beverage.”
A 2011 study estimated that a penny-per-ounce tax could  reduce per capita consumption by 24 percent. As a Reuters report  described last month, vigorous lobbying by the soda industry  crushed recent efforts to impose such a tax in several states,  including New York.
“I do not think in any way, shape or form that such punitive  measures will change behaviors,” said Rhona Applebaum, Coca-Cola  Co.‘s chief scientific and regulatory officer. Anyone  deterred by the tax from buying sweetened soda, she said, will  replace those calories with something else.
The committee also grappled with one of the third rails of  American politics: farm policy. Price-support programs for  wheat, cotton and other commodity crops prohibit participating  farmers from planting fruits and vegetables on land enrolled in  those programs. Partly as a result, U.S. farms do not produce  enough fresh produce for all Americans to eat the recommended  amounts, and the IOM panel calls for removing that ban.
The committee did not endorse the call by food activist  Michael Pollan and others to eliminate farm subsidies that make  high-fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils  and other obesity-promoting foods very cheap, however. “There is  no evidence subsidies contribute to obesity,” said Glickman.
The True Lack of Choice
The traditional view that blames obesity on a failure of  personal responsibility and individual willpower “has been used  as the basis for resisting government efforts — legislative and  regulatory — to address the problem,” says the report. But the  IOM panel argues that people cannot truly exercise “personal  choice” because their options are severely limited, and “biased  toward the unhealthy end of the continuum.”
For instance, a lack of sidewalks makes it impossible to  safely walk to work, school or even neighbors’ homes in many  communities. So while 20 percent of trips between school and  home among kids 5 to 15 were on foot in 1977, that had dropped  to 12.5 percent by 2001.
The panel therefore recommended tax incentives for  developers to build sidewalks and trails in new housing  developments, zoning changes to require pedestrian access and  policies to promote bicycle commuting. Flexible financing, and  streamlined permitting or tax credits could be used as  encouragement.
The IOM report also calls for making schools the focus of  anti-obesity efforts, since preventing obesity at a young age is  easier than reversing it. According to the most recent data,  only 4 percent of elementary schools, 8 percent of middle  schools and 2 percent of high schools provided daily physical  education for all students.
The IOM report recommends requiring primary and secondary  schools to have at least 60 minutes of physical education and  activity each day. It calls for banning sugar-sweetened drinks  in schools and making drinking water freely available.
The report also urges that healthy food and drinks be easily  available everywhere Americans eat, from shopping centers to  sports facilities and chain restaurants. The idea is that more  people will eat healthier if little active choice is needed.
“We’ve taken fat and sugar, put it in everything everywhere,  and made it socially acceptable to eat all the time,” David  Kessler, former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration,  told Reuters. He was not part of the IOM panel.
“We’re living in a food carnival, constantly bombarded by  food cues, almost all of them unhealthy,” Kessler said.
Experience has shown that when businesses offer consumers a  full range of choices – and especially when the healthy option  is the default – many customers will opt for salads over  deep-fried everything.
Walt Disney Co., for instance, found more than 50  percent of customers accepted a healthier choice of foods  introduced at its theme parks. And last summer, fast-food giant  McDonald’s Corp said it would include apples, fewer  fries, and 20 percent fewer calories in the most popular Happy  Meals for kids.
The IOM report urges employers and insurers to do more to  combat obesity. United Health  Group offers a health  insurance plan in which a $5,000 yearly deductible can be  reduced to $1,000 if a person is not obese and does not smoke.  Some employers provide discounts on premiums for completing  weight-loss programs.
Such inducements are far from universal, however. Medicaid  for the poor does not cover weight-loss programs in many states.  And as of 2008, only 28 percent of full-time workers in the  private sector and 54 percent in government had access to  wellness programs.                                                                                                               Bipartisan Policy Center, Calorie, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dan Glickman, diet, Dieting, dieting programs, Eating, Fitness, Food, Health, Human nutrition, Institute of Medicine, IOM, Loss Weight, NEW YORK, Physical exercise, Portion control (dieting), Reuters, Top Weight loss, United States, Weight, Weight Loss Tips, weight tips