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We can’t say we weren’t warned – but do we care?
Thursday, 27 Jan, 2011 – 16:59 | Comments Off
We can’t say we weren’t warned – but do we care?

There are two types of warning labels in this world:

The types that tell us that what we’re about to do or consume will shorten our lives, harm our health or turn us into crazed killers. …

The guys and school lunch – at least two of us are happy
Thursday, 6 Jan, 2011 – 13:53 | One Comment
The guys and school lunch – at least two of us are happy

For Big Guy it fell into the category of Things That Are Really Important. That meant he was going to keep pestering me until I got around to making it happen.
For me it fell into …

Take my kids’ dessert, Michelle. Please.
Wednesday, 29 Dec, 2010 – 18:00 | One Comment
Take my kids’ dessert, Michelle. Please.

Note to Sara Palin: Michelle Obama is free to stop by my house any evening and tell my kids they can’t have dessert. After seven-plus years of this war, I’m battle fatigued. Michelle would probably …

Battling obesity one Happy Meal at a time
Thursday, 4 Nov, 2010 – 13:13 | 2 Comments
Battling obesity one Happy Meal at a time

Four things my kids know about marketing and commercials:

Fruit snacks are neither fruit nor snacks.
Blowing up a juice bag and stomping on it won’t launch you into the air, though they have tried.
The toy is …

School lunch do-gooding takes a goofy turn
Tuesday, 13 Apr, 2010 – 19:06 | Comments Off
School lunch do-gooding takes a goofy turn

Foods made with white sugar, fructose, corn syrup, or any thing ending in “-ose” are banned – presumably, this doesn’t apply to lactose – but peanut butter laced with honey is OK.
Crackers …

More research, more bad results for high-fructose corn syrup
Wednesday, 24 Mar, 2010 – 16:56 | Comments Off
More research, more bad results for high-fructose corn syrup

Here’s another one from the files marked “eat real food, please”:
Two separate studies at Princeton University found that lab animals fed high fructose corn syrup – presumably the mercury-free variety – gained more weight than …

We are the world; we are the soda companies
Tuesday, 9 Mar, 2010 – 21:41 | Comments Off
We are the world; we are the soda companies

It’s not quite the east coast and west coast rappers sitting down over tea and crumpets, but when three manufacturing rivals get together for a joint project, it’s big news.
Except in the case of the …

Confessions of a closet snacker
Wednesday, 3 Mar, 2010 – 18:45 | 2 Comments
Confessions of a closet snacker

Back when my job involved actually leaving my house, there wasn’t a lunchbox in the world big enough for me.
I usually ran out the door without breakfast, triggering the need to pack snack one. The …

The first step to solving a problem is knowing you have it
Monday, 1 Mar, 2010 – 19:15 | Comments Off
The first step to solving a problem is knowing you have it

Here’s a tricky one to tackle:
According to an article in March’s edition of Pediatrics, nearly 30 percent of overweight teens don’t know that they’re overweight. And if they don’t know they’re overweight, they’re less likely …

Finally, a nutrition campaign that takes a practical path
Wednesday, 10 Feb, 2010 – 19:50 | Comments Off
Finally, a nutrition campaign that takes a practical path

Yes, I eat the occasional burger and fries. Ice cream and cookies, too.
Now that first lady Michelle Obama has stepped into the confessional and admitted as much herself, I feel safe in going public as …

I’m not sedentary. I’m muscularly inactive
Monday, 25 Jan, 2010 – 20:00 | Comments Off
I’m not sedentary. I’m muscularly inactive

I’ve been eeking out just enough minutes of activity to meet the government’s fitness recommendations – they’re not as demanding as you think – though my gymophobia holds me back on weeks too wet to …

Good luck to New York in its assault on salt
Monday, 11 Jan, 2010 – 21:38 | Comments Off
Good luck to New York in its assault on salt

From the state that led the battle against transfat comes the latest assault on manufacturer-induced nutrition nightmares: New York City wants companies to cut down on the amount of sodium in food.
Good luck on that …

Battling obesity one trick-or-treat basket at a time
Thursday, 29 Oct, 2009 – 14:40 | Comments Off
Battling obesity one trick-or-treat basket at a time

The best parenting advice I ever heard was from an older co-worker who’d raised three daughters.
“Don’t try to ban junk food,” he said. “It will backfire. They’ll sneak it on the sly anyway and wind …

Food for thought, but not for healthy bodies
Monday, 26 Oct, 2009 – 23:12 | Comments Off
Food for thought, but not for healthy bodies

E tu, Cheerios?
I don’t know why I’m surprised. Everyone’s doing it, because children’s cereal is such a lucrative market. I knew you’d jumped the shark with Honey Nut Cheerios, but at least you were up …

Taking away the cupcakes a sure way to kick up a ruckus
Wednesday, 14 Oct, 2009 – 22:37 | 2 Comments
Taking away the cupcakes a sure way to kick up a ruckus

Note to the West Babylon School District in Long Island: Thank you for your concern for children with food allergies, but your ban on home-baked goodies doesn’t help them in the least.
Sure, you specified that …

Gimme the banned burger – I don’t care how many calories it has
Tuesday, 6 Oct, 2009 – 22:04 | One Comment
Gimme the banned burger – I don’t care how many calories it has

Los Angeles tried weight control by zoning a year ago, banning new fast-food restaurants in the southern part of the city.
That didn’t work, and a new study now suggests that including nutrition information on menus …

For those who needed proof, study links obesity and soda
Friday, 18 Sep, 2009 – 22:14 | 2 Comments
For those who needed proof, study links obesity and soda

I’m not sure when it happened, but sometime in the past 20 years soda became the new water.
It wasn’t that way when I was a kid. Growing up, we had soda on special occasions – …

Obesity problems aren’t hidden but they might be unseen
Tuesday, 30 Jun, 2009 – 0:02 | 4 Comments
Obesity problems aren’t hidden but they might be unseen

The eyes and the brain are amazing organs, allowing us to see and interpret the world around us.
Or, in some cases, letting us delude ourselves into believing we’re seeing something different from objective reality.
That’s what …

Even if children don’t listen, that doesn’t mean we quit talking
Wednesday, 3 Jun, 2009 – 20:03 | Comments Off
Even if children don’t listen, that doesn’t mean we quit talking

Forget the fruits and veggies and go ahead and binge on the burgers. You’ll eventually have to turn your kids loose on the world anyway, where their friends, television and school might be a bigger …

A SWAT for a ‘fat bill’ and its misguided goals
Thursday, 14 May, 2009 – 23:41 | Comments Off
A SWAT for a ‘fat bill’ and its misguided goals

New York Assemblyman Felix Ortiz has been ahead of the curve on a number of issues, sponsoring legislation that probably drew chuckles when he introduced it.
Seven years ago, he was responsible for the nation’s first …

Mom’s having a crappy day, kids. Here, have some Oreos
Wednesday, 8 Apr, 2009 – 0:51 | 4 Comments
Mom’s having a crappy day, kids. Here, have some Oreos

Frustrated with the world? Stressed by the times we live in? Fine, but don’t take it out on your kids by feeding them junk.
According to the latest research from the It’s All Mom’s Fault Department, …

The obesity epidemic might start earlier than we think
Tuesday, 31 Mar, 2009 – 2:27 | Comments Off
The obesity epidemic might start earlier than we think

Researchers have known for years that overweight toddlers are more likely to grow into overweight teens, who in turn have a greater risk of becoming overweight adults.
The problem might start before even preschool, though.
New research …

It might take a village to diet, too
Thursday, 26 Feb, 2009 – 0:12 | Comments Off
It might take a village to diet, too

The good news from this month’s New England Journal of Medicine: Regardless of whether you go Atkins or South Beach,if you cut calories you will lose weight.
The bad news: You’ll likely regain eventually.
That’s according to …

New proof of what we know: Moms don’t take care of themselves
Tuesday, 10 Feb, 2009 – 1:51 | Comments Off
New proof of what we know: Moms don’t take care of themselves

We confide our fatigue to friends over the office water cooler and vent it to the world at large via social media: I’m exhausted, burned out and need a nap.
We blog about ignoring our own …

A marketing ploy that’s partly true: Eat our pizza, but less of it
Saturday, 7 Feb, 2009 – 10:51 | Comments Off
A marketing ploy that’s partly true: Eat our pizza, but less of it

Here’s strange advice from an executive with a fast-food chain: Don’t pig out on our food.
That’s in essences what  Papa John’s founder John Schnatter said in an interview this week.
“Pizza’s actually healthy for you if …

Fudge a factor in the obesity epidemic – and not just the kind on ice cream
Sunday, 4 Jan, 2009 – 23:44 | 4 Comments
Fudge a factor in the obesity epidemic – and not just the kind on ice cream

How to kid yourself about the obesity epidemic without even trying:

Say “it’s just baby fat” as the baby approaches kindergarten.
Pretend that Pull-Ups made for kids up to 125 pounds are for potty-training teens.
Believe a pediatrician …

Looking for unhealthy teens? Follow the fast-food chain
Friday, 26 Dec, 2008 – 0:54 | Comments Off
Looking for unhealthy teens? Follow the fast-food chain

Other than what people who are so Pepsi-addicted they feed it to babies in bottles sneak to them behind my back and a shared diet Sierra Mist once a week with popcorn, the guys don’t …