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  • Report: 'Fat Tax' Could Curb Nation's Obesity Problem

    05/18/2012 5:33:32 AM PDT · by Abathar · 82 replies ^ | May 17, 2012 | Stacia Matthews
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Health experts have been trying to combat obesity in America for years and have recently suggested a new way to solve the growing problem. A new study suggests that imposing a fat tax on unhealthy food and drinks could help slim down expanding waistlines. According to reports, more than 60 percent of Americans are overweight. Under the tax, a $4 cheeseburger would cost an extra 80 cents, RTV6's Stacia Matthews reported. Some Hoosiers found the proposed fat tax hard to swallow. "I don't think we should tax people and the way they run their lives,” one man said....
  • MILLER: Forced to be fat

    05/11/2012 3:54:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 81 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 10, 2012 | Emily Miller
    Americans are fatter than ever, but it’s not their fault. That’s according to the latest effort to solve an obesity crisis in the only way liberals know how - with more government. A study released this week from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Duke University and RTI International found obesity rates to be on course to rise from 34 to 42 percent of the U.S. population by 2030. The number of severely obese - defined as about 100 pounds overweight - will double to 11 percent. Today, 68 percent of Americans are overweight and half...
  • Why the Health Nazis are on the March

    05/10/2012 5:48:52 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 33 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | May 10, 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    They say “Jolly is the fat man,” but perhaps not when he’s being chased (and, I’m sure, caught) like a Frankenstein monster by the Body Cult crazies. And that is the case today, as it has become fashionable to affront the friendly-fronted. It seems most anything goes now: bloated houses, bloated egos, bloated libidos, bloated bureaucracies, bloated government—except bloated bellies. And a perusal of the news makes this clear, with a never-ending stream of stories about obesity this and obesity that. For example, headlining Drudge the other day was a piece about how fathead officials in Massachusetts propose to ban...
  • Panel calls for more active federal role in fight against obesity

    05/08/2012 6:45:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 8, 2012 | Elise Viebeck
    Federal agencies should step in if industries that promote high-calorie foods to children do not implement common nutrition standards within two years, the influential Institute of Medicine (IOM) said Tuesday. The recommendation came as part of a 478-page IOM report on the U.S. obesity epidemic that outlined broad policy changes the panel says are necessary to stave off a healthcare crisis. The changes are aimed at a complete overhaul of the United States's "obesogenic" environment, the panel wrote. "People have heard the advice to eat less and move more for years, and during that time a large number of Americans...
  • Questioning Safety of Heavy Passengers on Planes

    05/08/2012 10:18:55 AM PDT · by Brandonmark · 51 replies
    NYT ^ | May 7, 2012 | CHRISTINE NEGRONI
    More than six decades ago, when the federal standards on the strength of airplane seats and seat belts were written, government regulations specified that seats be designed for a passenger weight of 170 pounds. But now the average American man weighs nearly 194 pounds and the average woman 165. Now, some engineers and scientists have raised questions about whether airplane seats, tested with crash dummies that reflect the 170-pound rule, are strong enough to protect heavy travelers. “If a heavier person completely fills a seat, the seat is not likely to behave as intended during a crash,” said Robert Salzar,...
  • Obesity-Linked Diabetes in Children Resists Treatment

    04/30/2012 8:05:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 29, 2012 | Denise Grady
    Obesity and the form of diabetes linked to it are taking an even worse toll on America’s youths than medical experts had realized. As obesity rates in children have climbed, so has the incidence of Type 2 diabetes, and a new study adds another worry: the disease progresses more rapidly in children than in adults and is harder to treat. “It’s frightening how severe this metabolic disease is in children,” said Dr. David M. Nathan, an author of the study and director of the diabetes center at Massachusetts General Hospital. “It’s really got a hold on them, and it’s hard...
  • In UK survey, doctors support denying treatment to smokers, the obese

    04/29/2012 7:06:05 AM PDT · by John W · 73 replies ^ | April 29, 2012 | staff
    A majority of doctors in a United Kingdom survey supported measures to deny non-emergency medical services to smokers and the obese, The Observer newspaper reported Sunday. Although the survey by the networking website was a self-selecting poll, the site's chief executive called the response "a tectonic shift" for the profession. The results feed into a British debate about "lifestyle rationing" by the National Health Service, the Observer reported.
  • Obesity is a Bigger Threat to Health Care Than Obamacare

    04/15/2012 5:08:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 44 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/15/12 | Roy A. Barnes
    Obesity is a Bigger Threat to Health Care Than ObamacareBy Roy A. Barnes | Yahoo! Contributor Network – 10 hrs ago COMMENTARY | HealthDay News reported Friday on a Mayo Clinic employees/retirees study showing obese people are more responsible for health care costs annually per person than normal weight people by $1,850, and $5,500 more if they're morbidly obese. Furthermore, 20.6 percent of health care costs are due to obesity, or $190.2 billion annually, according to Cornell University research also reported by HealthDay News. TV and other media pundits can rant and rave about the costs of Obamacare, but while...
  • Shift workers 'risking' Type 2 diabetes and obesity

    04/14/2012 7:41:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11 April 2012 | James Gallagher
    Shift workers getting too little sleep at the wrong time of day may be increasing their risk of diabetes and obesity, according to researchers.The team is calling for more measures to reduce the impact of shift working following the results of its study.Researchers controlled the lives of 21 people, including meal and bedtimes.The results, published in Science Translational Medicine, showed changes to normal sleep meant the body struggled to control sugar levels.Some participants even developed early symptoms of diabetes within weeks.Shift work has been associated with a host of health problems. Doctors at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in the US,...
  • Surge in Obesity Sparks Crematorium Blazes

    04/13/2012 8:33:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies
    DER SPIEGEL ^ | April 13, 2012 | Ulf Hanke
    The crematorium employee in the western German town of Hamelin took a last look at the coffin before pushing it inside the furnace. This was the third coffin he had processed on the morning of January 13, and the body itself weighed over 200 kilograms (440 pounds). Of that, only two kilograms of ashes were supposed to remain after cremation. But, 15 minutes later, flames shot out of the crematorium's 10-meter-high (33-foot-high) stainless-steel chimney, and parts of it began to melt. Unable to bring the fire under control, the employee called the fire department. Firemen determined that the smoking chimney...
  • Maternal obesity, diabetes associated with autism, other developmental disorders

    04/09/2012 1:17:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | 9-Apr-2012
    Public release date: 9-Apr-2012 Contact: Phyllis Brown 916-734-9023 University of California - Davis Health System This release is also available in Chinese on EurekAlert! Chinese. A major study of the relationships between maternal metabolic conditions and the risk that a child will be born with a neurodevelopmental disorder has found strong links between maternal diabetes and obesity and the likelihood of having a child with autism or another developmental disability. Conducted by researchers affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute, the study found that mothers who were obese were 1-2/3 times more likely to have a child with autism...
  • D.C. Dem to Introduce Bill to Change Eating Habits in ‘Workplace and Community Settings’

    04/06/2012 6:17:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | April 5, 2012 | Bridget Johnson
    The representative for a district with higher-than-average rates of obesity-related conditions will return from recess a week from Monday to reintroduce her Lifelong Improvements in Food and Exercise (LIFE) Act. D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) will say on the House floor, according to prepared remarks, that her bill is intended to tackle a health problem “that cannot be remedied through the health care system alone.” The LIFE Act would give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention $25 million “for a coordinated national effort to reverse increasingly sedentary lifestyles and diets that are high in fat and sugar.” That...
  • Global warming/obesity crises unite! — New theory: CO2 making us fat

    03/14/2012 10:31:27 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    Global warming/obesity crises unite! — New theory: CO2 making us fat By Caroline May - The Daily Caller 1:06 PM 03/14/2012 ADVERTISEMENT A Danish researcher claims he has discovered yet another reason to combat the rise of CO2 in the atmosphere: it is making us fat. According to the researcher, orexins, neuropeptide hormones in the brain that regulate energy, are negatively affected by CO2 — making us more tired and hungry, Science Nordic reports. Lars-Georg Hersoug of the Research Centre for Prevention and Health at Glostrup University Hospital tracked obesity over a 22-year span. He found that both thin and...
  • 11-Year-Old Reporter Challenges Michelle Obama on ‘Government’ Role in Anti-Childhood Obesity Push

    03/13/2012 8:00:20 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 1+ views
    The Blaze ^ | March 12, 2012 | Tiffany Gabbay
    The video featured above captures one of those rare, “out of the mouths of babes” moments. In an interview released Monday, an 11-year-old reporter named Topanga Sena challenged the first lady Let’s Move! anti-obesity program. Michelle Obama was asked to respond to critics of the program who say the government has no business telling people how to eat. Miss Topanga is certainly showing promise as a reporter and, according to the Free Beacon, is currently reporting for Scholastic News Kids Press Corps in Florida. Below is a transcript provided by the Beacon: TOPANGA SENA: How do you respond to critics...
  • “Food Deserts” not the Obesity Culprit

    03/09/2012 8:07:01 PM PST · by caldera599 · 31 replies
    Among the food-related bogeymen that activists blame for America’s bulging waistlines is the so-called “food desert,” an urban or rural area that has a shortage of supermarkets. At first blush, it might seem like living in one of these “deserts” would to reduce a person’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables. However, there’s little evidence that these conditions are actually preventing people from finding nutritious foods if they want them. Regardless, activists ask for “supermarket subsidies” and restaurant zoning prohibitions. But there’s now more evidence that “food deserts” aren’t causing America’s kids to get fat. Researchers from the RAND Corporation...
  • Santorum pushes social agenda in Ohio

    03/03/2012 7:50:49 PM PST · by Mariner · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 3, 2012 | STEVE PEOPLES
    LIMA, Ohio (AP) -- Rick Santorum sees an America in need of more than economic recovery, warning Saturday that the nation's inattention to conservative social values is "damning people." "Folks if we know what works, why don't we talk about what works? Why don't we encourage it in our schools? Why don't we encourage it in our culture?" the Republican presidential candidate asked hundreds of people gathered at the Allen County Lincoln Day dinner. "Why are we damning people? Why are we condemning them to a life just because we won't talk about - we'll talk about childhood obesity until...
  • John Besh had a big week in the spotlight

    02/17/2012 6:39:52 PM PST · by Kirkwood · 7 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 02/17/2012 | Brett Anderson
    It was a big week for John Besh, even by his eventful standards.... Apparently, several attendees of the “workshop” took Besh to task for lecturing about healthy eating on one hand while serving high calorie food at his restaurants on the other. “I went on to address a complex issue in very simple terms only to only be heckled by those that feel we can regulate restaurants to the point that our children will be happy and healthy,” Besh writes in his blog, which appears on “In response to these suggestions, I pointed to a variety of other options...
  • Michelle Obama Takes Aim at Military Weight (Yes, you read that right)

    02/10/2012 12:02:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies · 2+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 9, 2012 | Carol E. Lee
    First Lady Michelle Obama leaves Thursday for a three-day, four-state tour to mark the second anniversary of her “Let’s Move!” initiative to get Americans to eat healthier and be more physically fit. The trip is a mix of events and announcements, including one Thursday about a program intended to combat weight gain among members of the military. Mrs. Obama will make the announcement, along with the Department of Defense, at the Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., which has participated in a pilot program for the initiative. The initiative melds Mrs. Obama’s two signature policy goals as first lady –...
  • Military falls in line with Michelle O's diet plan

    02/09/2012 7:53:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | February 9, 2012 | Nancy Benac (Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Hold the mystery meat: Military bases will soon be serving more fruits, vegetables and low-fat dishes under the first program in 20 years to improve nutrition standards across the armed services. First lady Michelle Obama and Pentagon officials planned to announce the effort Thursday during a visit to Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas, where the military has been experimenting with the idea through a pilot program designed to improve the quality and variety of foods served on base. It's not just about giving members of the armed services a more svelte profile.
  • Jamie Oliver’s latest ** panic: ‘pink slime’

    01/30/2012 8:53:59 PM PST · by libertarian27 · 21 replies · 2+ views
    Panic On a Plate ^ | Jan 29, 2012 | Rob Lyons
    Jamie Oliver has won an apparent victory by persuading McDonald’s to remove a form of ‘reclaimed meat’ from its burgers. It’s a victory built on ignorant scaremongering. News from America, where McDonald’s has responded to a segment in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution by removing an ingredient called ‘finely textured lean beef trimmings’ from its burgers. This luxurious-sounding product is in fact another form of ‘reclaimed meat’, where meat processors try to get every last bit of meat from an animal’s carcass. In the segment, Oliver shows a group of parents and children a cow and explains the value of each...
  • Brown Fat, Triggered by Cold or Exercise, May Yield a Key to Weight Control

    01/25/2012 1:38:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 34 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 24, 2012 | GINA KOLATA
    Fat people have less than thin people. Older people have less than younger people. Men have less than younger women. It is brown fat, actually brown in color, and its great appeal is that it burns calories like a furnace... --snip-- The brown fat also kept its subjects warm. The more brown fat a man had, the colder he could get before he started to shiver. Brown fat, Dr. Carpentier and Jan Nedergaard, Dr. Cannon’s husband, wrote in an accompanying editorial, “is on fire.” On average, Dr. Carpentier said, the brown fat burned about 250 calories over three hours. But...
  • The CIA is now Interested in Fat People

    01/18/2012 11:57:27 AM PST · by fruser1 · 8 replies
    CIA ^ | 18 Jan 2012 | self
    I occassionally go to the CIA World Factbook to lookup information on a country. I was looking at something today and noticed that they now have "obesity" in the stats they keep on countries. Countries are also ranked by obesity. They have a list of 70 countries in the obesity ranking. U.S. comes in as #6, American Samoa as #1, and Vietnam as #70. Alas, Ethiopia did not even make it onto the list. They define obesity as follows: "This entry gives the percent of a country's population considered to be obese. Obesity is defined as an adult having a...
  • Study: Junk food doesn’t cause obesity in middle schools

    01/17/2012 11:45:52 AM PST · by yinandyang · 9 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | Jan 17, 2012
    A new study of nearly 20,000 middle schoolers has found that kids who attend schools that sell junk food such as soda and doughnuts do not gain more weight than students who attend schools where that type of food isn't avai
  • Pancreatic cancer risk increases with every 2 strips of bacon [or sausage] you eat: Study

    01/13/2012 5:59:46 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 125 replies · 3+ views
    cbs ^ | January 13, 2012 3:29 PM
    Breakfast lovers, beware. A new study found eating processed meats like bacon and sausage could increase your risk for deadly pancreatic cancer. For every piece of sausage or two strips of bacon a person eats every day, there's a 19 percent rise in risk for pancreatic cancer, the study found. "There is strong evidence that being overweight or obese increases the risk of pancreatic cancer and this study may be an early indication of another factor behind the disease," Dr Rachel Thompson, deputy head of science at The World Cancer Research Fund, told BBC News. For the study, researchers reviewed...
  • Will anti-fat bias affect the 2012 election?

    01/05/2012 7:42:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 4, 2012 | Patrick Hruby
    As if Newt Gingrich doesn’t have enough problems after his disappointing fourth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses under a barrage of blistering attack ads, here’s one more to consider: his weight. Compared to his primary rivals, the erstwhile Republican front-runner is, well, pudgy. If Mitt Romney is a human Ken doll, then Mr. Gingrich is more of a mini-Stay Puff marshmallow man. And in an image-conscious, fat-obsessed nation that hasn’t elected a truly hefty commander-in-chief since President William Howard Taft in 1909, that may be a serious — and seriously underappreciated — political liability. Call it unfair, call it shallow...
  • Anti-obesity ads featuring overweight kids spark controversy in Georgia

    01/04/2012 8:41:30 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | January 2, 2012 | Rheana Murray
    A series of stark anti-obesity ads featuring miserable, overweight kids has sparked controversy in Georgia. The ads feature children talking about their weight issues in between harrowing messages such as, “Some diseases aren’t just for adults anymore,” and “Being fat takes the fun out of being a kid.” Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, which co-founded the Strong4Life ad campaign, intended for the ads to be grim, hoping the clips would help parents recognize the severity of the obesity epidemic in Georgia, where it is the second highest in the nation.
  • Portland restaurants charge a penny per calorie in effort to help Mainers slim down

    12/30/2011 5:21:49 AM PST · by libertarian27 · 27 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | Dec 29, 2011 | Seth Koenig
    El Mercado salad? $2.34. A cup of white chicken chili? $1.55. Portland diners could get used to this. For a special lunch on what for many Portlanders will be their first workday of 2012, four city restaurants are pricing their menu items according to their calorie counts. At a penny per calorie, the Jan. 3 promotion will cut some plate prices by more than half at Sebago Brewing Co., DiMillo’s On The Water, El Rayo Taqueria and Spartan Grill.
  • French 'Cola Tax' Approved: Paris Vows to Fight Deficit and Obesity

    12/29/2011 11:08:10 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 12/29/2011 | dsl—with wires
    For French residents fond of sugary drinks like Coca Cola, life is about to get more expensive. The country's top constitutional body, the Constitutional Council, approved a new soda tax on Wednesday. The tax, which works out at about 1 euro cent per container, is part of austerity measures passed in France to combat the debt crisis, and is expected to generate around €120 million ($156 million) in revenue for the government. … The "cola tax," as people are calling it in France, will now go into effect on Jan. 1. French media are reporting that most companies will raise...
  • Hating your mother means you're twice as likely to grow up fat

    12/28/2011 6:26:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | December 26, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Children who have a poor emotional relationship with their mother are more than twice as likely to become obese, research claims. A study found toddlers who struggle with their mothers are at higher risk of being grossly overweight by the time they are 15. Those who had the worst emotional relationship were almost two-and-half times more likely to be obese at 15 than those with a strong bond. Meanwhile, only 13 per cent who had close bonds in their formative years became obese. U.S. researchers studied nearly 1,000 toddlers and their mothers at play then rated how strong the bond...
  • Obesity Linked to Lower Paychecks [Interestingly, Women and Minorities Hardest Hit]

    12/19/2011 10:10:00 AM PST · by Dysart · 54 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12-19-2011
    Obese Americans have smaller paychecks than those who aren't overweight, and this difference is especially strong among women, a new study finds. The analysis of data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth revealed that in 2004, overall average annual incomes were $8,666 less for obese women and $4,772 less for obese men compared with normal weight workers. In 2008, obese women made an average of $5,826 (15 percent) less than normal-weight females, the George Washington University researchers said. "This research broadens the growing body of evidence that shows that in addition to taxing health, obesity significantly affects personal finances,"...
  • Former Senate Majority Leader: Obesity 'Threatens Our Security as a Nation'

    12/01/2011 10:08:07 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies ^ | November 29, 2011 | Christopher Goins
    ( – Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) says obesity threatens America’s “national security” because many people who join the armed forces cannot pass the required physical tests because they are overweight. Frist also cited a 2010 study on the problem entitled “Too Fat To Fight." “Childhood obesity is something much larger than something that just hurts and pulls back and restrains our economic strength. It threatens our security, our national security as a nation,” Frist said on Tuesday at the "Building for a Healthier Future" summit held in Washington, D.C. “Between 1995 and 2008, over 140,000 potential military...
  • Fructose consumption increases risk factors for heart disease

    07/28/2011 6:23:20 AM PDT · by decimon · 9 replies
    The Endocrine Society ^ | July 28, 2011 | Unknown
    Study suggests US Dietary Guideline for upper limit of sugar consumption is too highA recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM) found that adults who consumed high fructose corn syrup for two weeks as 25 percent of their daily calorie requirement had increased blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, which have been shown to be indicators of increased risk for heart disease. The American Heart Association recommends that people consume only five percent of calories as added sugar. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 suggest an upper limit of 25 percent...
  • Ohio puts 200-pound third-grader in foster care

    11/28/2011 4:14:25 AM PST · by EBH · 91 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 11/28/11
    <p>CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio third-grader who weighs more than 200 pounds has been taken from his family and placed into foster care after county social workers said his mother wasn't doing enough to control his weight.</p>
  • Parents Accused of Starving Baby to Fend Off Obesity

    11/19/2011 9:16:54 AM PST · by stillafreemind · 29 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | Nov. 19th, 2011 | Sherry Tomfeld
    Christopher Sultze, 35, was released on bond and was ordered to have no contact with the child involved. Mary Sultze, 36, waived a preliminary hearing, so she could continue caring for her other three children. She cannot have contact with the infant she is accused of starving. No report on the condition, age or weight of the remaining children was given. The couple could face a year and a half in prison and $25,000 in fines. ..
  • Fear The Food? Or The Food Police?

    10/30/2011 3:07:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies ^ | October 28, 2011 | Eric Scheiner
    ‘Food Day’ was earlier this week, an event sponsored by The Center For Science In The Public Interest (CSPI). To celebrate the CSPI released their ‘Terrible Ten’ food list. It seems fitting that this list was released just before Halloween, as it makes ‘monsters’ out of food. “Vending machines dispensing soft drinks and candy are the ubiquitous, mute, metallic monsters that promote unhealthy diets 24/7”, according to the list. Even Toucan Sam is among CSPI’s list of terrors, “Kellogg’s Froot Loops, a fruit-less sugary cereal gussied up with synthetic dyes, is one of a host of junk foods marketed heavily...
  • Study: Obesity limits effectiveness of flu vaccines

    10/25/2011 7:46:20 PM PDT · by decimon · 5 replies
    People carrying extra pounds may need extra protection from influenza. New research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that obesity may make annual flu shots less effective. The findings, published online Oct. 25, 2011, in he International Journal of Obesity, provide evidence explaining a phenomenon that was noticed for the first time during the 2009 H1N1 flu outbreak: that obesity is associated with an impaired immune response to the influenza vaccination in humans. "These results suggest that overweight and obese people would be more likely than healthy weight people to experience flu illness following exposure to...
  • Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain

    10/25/2011 8:59:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 103 replies ^ | March 22, 2010; 10:00 a.m. | by Hilary Parker
    A Princeton University research team has demonstrated that all sweeteners are not equal when it comes to weight gain: Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same. In addition to causing significant weight gain in lab animals, long-term consumption of high-fructose corn syrup also led to abnormal increases in body fat, especially in the abdomen, and a rise in circulating blood fats called triglycerides. The researchers say the work sheds light on the factors contributing to obesity trends in the United...
  • 1 Soda A Day Equals 50 Pounds Of Sugar A Year, Says NYC Health Department

    10/25/2011 8:24:15 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies · 1+ views
    1 Soda A Day Equals 50 Pounds Of Sugar A Year, Says NYC Health Department October 25, 2011 10:04 AM NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The New York City Health Department is launching a new campaign to show just how much sugar is in a can of soda. The health department says drinking one soda a day equals 50 pounds of sugar a year, which can lead to problems like obesity, diabetes and heart disease. “Sugary drinks are the largest single source of added sugar in the diet, and a child’s risk of obesity increases with every additional daily serving of...
  • Senators Urge Baseball to Ban Tobacco

    10/18/2011 4:47:31 PM PDT · by Osage Orange · 25 replies
    ESPN.COM ^ | Oct 18th 2011 | ESPN
    WASHINGTON -- U.S. senators and health officials are taking on a baseball tradition older than the World Series itself: chewing tobacco on the diamond. With the Series set to begin Wednesday between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers, the senators, along with health officials from the teams' cities, want the players union to agree to a ban on chewing tobacco at games and on camera. They made the pleas in separate letters, obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.
  • Caption: Obama at a BBQ restaurant .. Man's gotta eat.

    10/17/2011 11:55:39 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 79 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/17/11 | Reuters photos
    Caption anyone..? U.S. President Barack Obama walks past a statue of a pig in a chef's uniform as he arrives to meet diners at the Countryside Barbecue restaurant in Marion, North Carolina, October 17, 2011. Obama began a three day bus trip to North Carolina and Virginia on Monday to promote his American Jobs Act that faces congressional approval. REUTERS/Jason Reed (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
  • Michael Moore Calls For Police To Join Occupy Wall Street Protests Like Egyptian Army Did In Cairo

    10/15/2011 2:33:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 15, 2011 | Noel Sheppard
    Michael Moore on Friday called for police departments across the country to join the Occupy Wall Street protests "the same way the Egyptian army joined the people in Freedom Square there in Cairo." "My appeal to the police is you are us and we are you," Moore said in a web only video published at "We’ll even let you beat on a bongo drum" (video follows with transcript and commentary): MICHAEL MOORE: My last word here out in the hallway just outside of [Lawrence O’Donnell’s] studio is that the police need to join us. In the same way the...
  • Homeland Security moves forward with 'pre-crime' detection (Big Government™ is watching you)

    10/07/2011 8:18:33 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 80 replies
    CNET ^ | 2011-10-07 | Declan McCullagh
    An internal U.S. Department of Homeland Security document indicates that a controversial program designed to predict whether a person will commit a crime is already being tested on some members of the public voluntarily, CNET has learned. If this sounds a bit like the Tom Cruise movie called "Minority Report," or the CBS drama "Person of Interest," it is. But where "Minority Report" author Philip K. Dick enlisted psychics to predict crimes, DHS is betting on algorithms: it's building a "prototype screening facility" that it hopes will use factors such as ethnicity, gender, breathing, and heart rate to "detect cues...
  • Kinsley Claims 'Too Fat' Christie Lacks Self-Control To Be President

    10/01/2011 6:57:49 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 48 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Is Michael Kinsley sure he wants to go down this path? In a Bloomberg View column and then in a clip run on "Good Morning America" today, the liberal pundit claims Chris Christie is "just too fat" to be president. According to Kinsley, Christie's weight is evidence of a lack of the self-control necessary to be an effective president. If self-control is a key requirement for the presidency, I wonder how Kinsley would apply that standard to other recent occupants of the White House? View GMA video here.
  • Powerful antibody-based strategy suggests a new therapeutic approach to diabetes and obesity

    09/29/2011 1:08:23 PM PDT · by decimon · 6 replies
    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory ^ | September 29, 2011 | Unknown
    Cold Spring Harbor, NY – The work of a team of scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) led by Professor Nicholas Tonks FRS, suggests a way to overcome one of the major technical obstacles preventing a leading therapeutic target for diabetes and obesity from being addressed successfully by novel drugs. The target is an enzyme called PTP1B, discovered by Tonks in 1988 and long known to be an important player in the signaling pathway within cells that regulates the response to insulin. Insulin is a hormone that regulates carbohydrate and fat metabolism by spurring cells, particularly in the liver...
  • It's Another "Us" Crisis

    09/18/2011 4:28:41 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 6 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Saturday, September 17, 2011 | Daniel Greenfield
    “We can’t just leave it up to the parents," Michelle Obama We live in a golden age. A wondrous era where the government compels us to buy health insurance, whether we need it or not. And whether we want to or not. Where the First Lady is no longer in charge of the White House's meals, but of our meals. Where wise and generous czars in the nation's capital ponder day and night how to stop the flow of free information that's rotting our minds and filling our heads with critical thoughts about the government. Previous generations had to do...
  • Fries with that? Now you'll need parents' permission as Michelle Obama unveils PG-rated meals....

    09/15/2011 7:45:55 PM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 94 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/15/11 | Rachel Quigley
    Not content with going after the nation's children, its grocery stores, the food pyramid and McDonalds, Michelle Obama is now going after the country's most beloved restaurant chains Olive Garden, Red Lobster and its sister restaurants have pledged to serve healthier meals by cutting calories and sodium in its meals by 20 per cent over a decade. And if the little ones desire some French fries they will only be able to do so with adult supervision. Among promised changes for children, Darden Restaurants Inc said a fruit or vegetable side and low-fat milk will become standard with kids' meals...
  • Michelle Obama Decrees Olive Garden And Red Lobster Will No Longer Make You Fat

    09/15/2011 11:33:22 AM PDT · by skimbell · 62 replies
    GAWKER ^ | Sep 15, 2011 | Leah Beckmann
    ...The Darden Restaurant Group, which runs fine dining boutiques Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and other strip-mall destinations is getting itself healthy with Michelle Obama's help...
  • Mrs. Obama to join Olive Garden announcement

    09/15/2011 3:25:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | September 15, 2011 | Darlene Superville and Mary Clare Jalonick
    Encouraged by Michelle Obama's campaign to reduce childhood obesity, the company that owns the Olive Garden, Red Lobster and four other popular restaurant chains is pledging to cut the calories and sodium in its meals and overhaul its kids' fare. Darden Restaurants Inc. was unveiling the changes Thursday, with the first lady on hand to lend support. The company will pledge to reduce the calories and sodium in all its meals by 10 percent over five years, and by 20 percent over 10 years. For children, French fries and sugar-sweetened beverages will become the exception and not the rule....
  • Michigan Governor wants to document state's child obesity stats (with weight registry)

    09/14/2011 11:01:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Northwestohio ^ | 9/14/11 | Angi Gonzalez
    Michigan Governor wants to document state's child obesity statsby Angi Gonzalez Posted: 1 hr, 23 mins ago MICHIGAN (AP) -- Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has announced plans to begin asking doctors, practicing in Michigan, to start monitoring the body weight of patients 18 and under. Under the proposal, revealed during an event in Lansing on Wednesday, the data would be entered into a Michigan Care Improvement Registry in the hopes of addressing the state's growing pediatric obesity problem. **SNIP** The Governor's plan would require the information be stored anonymously, but according to the Governor's office, would give doctors the perfect...
  • Michelle Obama prodding restaurants to reduce portion size

    09/14/2011 1:46:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 168 replies · 1+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 14, 2011 | Lynn Sweet
    WASHINGTON-- First Lady Michelle Obama is expected Thursday to announce headway in her drive to have restaurants reduce portion sizes, part of her "Let's Move' campaign against obesity. "The Childhood Obesity Task Force Report"--commissioned as part of Mrs. Obama's "Let's Move" project, "specifically calls on restaurants to, "consider their portion sizes, improve children's menus, and make healthy options the default choice whenever possible." below, from White House.... UPCOMING GUIDANCE FOR FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA Thursday, September 15 11:45 AM - First Lady Michelle Obama will make a major Let's Move! announcement related to providing healthier choices and greater variety for...