Posts Tagged ‘obesity information’
The University of Minnesota receives $7 million Federal Grant to Create a Chilhood Obesity Center
Friday, September 10th, 2010
According to an article from startribune.com, The University of Minnesota recentlyÂ receivedÂ a$7 million federal grant to create a childhood obesity center in an effort to transform the exercise and eating habits of Minnesota families.
“Researchers will use the grant, announced Thursday, to connect families with health advocates in medical clinics, enroll them in classes about healthy foods and active lifestyles, and improve their access to healthful foods and recreation opportunities.
While U researchers have tried these approaches individually, they’ve never wrapped them all around families at once. The goal is to address the multiple social factors that can lead to obesity: lack of access to parks and walking trails, poor food options in low-income neighborhoods and excessive amounts of television and screen time.
These and other influences have fueled a startling increase in American obesity in the past three decades, as well as related health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and even preterm births. The share of children ages 12 to 19 who are overweight has tripled in the United States since 1980. The last survey of Minnesota high school seniors in 2007 found 13 percent of males and 5 percent of females were overweight. Two out of every three Minnesotans are now overweight or obese.”
Ecochildsplay.com Quotes Bob Cutler, CEO of Creative Consumer Concepts (C3), in a Recent Article
Friday, September 10th, 2010
Ecochildsplay.com recently quoted Bob Cutler, CEO of Creative Consumer Concepts (C3), Â in a recent article: SF Mulls Over Ban on Toy Marketing for Unhealthy Food Despite Opposition
In the article, Cutler is quoted discussing the restaurant industryâs opposition to the Toy Ban. âThis Toy Ban is only the first such move to blame restaurant owners for providing what consumers want to eat. âWe have heard that a ban will be forthcoming on your ability to offer other marketing incentives next: no anniversary specials for married couples if the food is not healthy by law; no free birthday treats for kids celebrating a birthday unless it is healthy by law; and no discounts on bundled meals if the combo is not healthy by law,â said Cutler.â
Bob Cutler, CEO of Creative Consumer Concepts (C3), Reviews his Stance on The Kidsâ Meal Toy Ban in an Interview with QSR Magazine
Friday, September 10th, 2010
QSR Magazine recently interviewed Bob Cutler, CEO of Creative Consumer Concepts (C3), about his stance against the Kids Meal Toy Ban.
Cutler was asked a series of questions regarding his personal and professional opinion regarding the Toy Ban. When asked if he is only fighting the Toy Ban because his business could lose money if it was passed, Cutler responded:
“Weâre a law-abiding company that has been providing services to restaurants for 23 years. Itâs really more of the potential liability that surrounds the issue of moving the First Amendment out of its interpretation by courts and putting that interpretation into the hands of the Federal Trade Commission. Then the FTC would be able to establish the First Amendment rights of marketers. Quite candidly, the concern has transitioned from a business one to one more of advocacyâour Constitutional First Amendment rights.
Initially you can say thereâs a business basis for our concerns, and thatâs true. But our customers are going to sell kidsâ meals in one iteration or the other. Theyâre going to have to change what those meals are, and weâre going to be a part of that. But, from my perspective, this group is working to have our first amendment rights managed and approved by a government agency. And the threat of that is so beyond belief, I just canât sit here as a citizen and a business owner and go down without speaking out against it.”
Anti-Obesity Campaign Aimed at Kids
Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
I would like to share a blog post from Scotie Conner, a 17-year-old member of the National Youth Advisory Board for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, an organization that works to combat childhood obesity.
Conner writes, âOne in three American children is overweight or obese. Experts say that my generation could be the first in history to live shorter lives than their parents. A 2007 national survey shows 16.4 percent of Oklahoma children ages 10 to 17 are obese, with the state ranking 17th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia for childhood obesity.
The only way we can solve this epidemic is to motivate kids to make healthy lifestyle choices. That’s why I and more than 2 million other young people have joined the ‘EmpowerMe’ movement (www.empowerme2b.org). Across our nation, young people are working to inspire each other to eat better, move more and be a solution to America’s obesity epidemic.
September is ‘Go Healthy Month.’ Parents, help make your home healthier. It can be accomplished by small things like eating fruits and veggies with every meal and avoiding sodas. Help us empower kids to make sure our generation will live longer, healthier lives.â
San Francisco Supervisor Eric Marâs Unpopular Ban on Happy Meals
Friday, August 13th, 2010
I would like to share a blog post from Jeannie Moulton, writer forÂ eatdrinkbetter.com regarding Santa Clara Countyâs The Kids Meal Toy Ban which passed in May 2010, and Eric Marâs current proposed Happy Meal Ban legislation in San Francisco.
Moulton discusses the consumer stance on the issue. She writes that âreactions are mixed, as some people feel it is the parentsâ responsibility, not the governmentâs, to teach their children how to eat healthily, but others are all for the measure.â
However, all of the comments under this particular blog post oppose the legislation:
What a joke! What will they ban next? The games on the Happy Meal box, because theyâre too fun? I thought this was a free country? Here is a better idea than banning Happy Meals. Ban liberal moron Supervisors like Eric Mar.
Instead of Calories, Scientists Claim Chemicals are the Reasons behind Obesity
Friday, August 13th, 2010
I would like to share an article from Wall Street Journal reporter Allysia Finley regarding the real cause of obesity. Some people always blame calories for everthing, however, scientists recently discovered that chemicals like phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA) might be the ultimate criminals responsible for making us fat. Phthalates are largely used in medical tubing, make-up and PVC piping; and BPA is often can often be found in bottles and food containers.
Weight-loss crazes are as American as apple pieâmake that Slim Fast shakes. But despite our countless diet fads, the obesity rate has more than doubled in the last 30 years. Perhaps that’s because Americans haven’t tried “The New American Diet,” which promises to reveal “why your weight isn’t your fault” and reverse “the obesogen effect.” Haven’t heard of the “obesogen effect”? You will soon enough.
As authors of “The New American Diet,” Stephen Perrine and Heather Hurlock are among a growing number of health gurus who blame America’s ballooning on “obesogenic” foods that masquerade as healthy. They don’t mean reduced-sugar Cocoa Puffs. Fruits, chicken breasts, canned vegetables, milk and other seemingly wholesome foods, they claim, contain insidious “obesogenic” pesticides and plastics that alter hormones and cause our bodies to store more fat. Their weight-loss secret? Eat organic “obesogen-free” food.
Some Parents Very Unhappy About McDonald's Being Blamed for Increase in Childhood Obesity
Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Here is a blog post written by Katie Loud from http://zeldalily.com/, discussing the recent attacks on McDonald’s for contributing to an increase in childhood obesity. Loud, a mother of two, believes McDonald’s is not to blame and that there should be more parental responsibility. She shares her experience of making food choices for her children and admits she occasionally allows them to have a Happy Meal.
Loud strongly believes that less focus should be placed on fast food chains and more on increasing physical activity of children. “You know, I canât help but feel that the focus is on the path of least resistance here. Itâs a lot easier toÂ point the finger at Mickey Dâs or BK for foisting junk food on our children, but I very strongly believe that the bigger emphasis should be onÂ increasing physical activity,” Loud said.
Iâm the first to admit that the trip to McDonaldâs for a Happy Meal has been a not uncommon experience for both of my daughters. Iâm very well aware that they are not the most nutritionally sound dinner options, but once in a while the little flimsy cardboard box containing McNuggets, fries, and a toy is just the way to go. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, however, is coming down hard on Happy Meals, taking the fast food giant to task for âpredatory marketing practicesâ by using cheap plastic toys to get kids eating fatty junk.
Californiaâs Santa Clara County has already taken the first step, actually banning toys from the Happy Meal package. This is in the name of combating childhood obesity,Â a cause that First Lady Michelle Obama has faced head on. As an increase in obesity rates continue, the fast food industry is facing growing pressure.
Promoting 60 minutes of regular exercise to fight childhood obesity starts at home
Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Here is a Green Bay Press-Gazette article written by Kelly McBride about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that call for an hour of daily activity for children and adolescents. This article is a part of the Green Bay Press-Gazette’s efforts to explore the components of childhood obesity one-by-one as part of the Greater Green Bay: Where Kids Count community initiative.
The article stresses that getting children moving is an integral part of fighting childhood obesity and that this must start at home. “Activity is a huge piece to this â why we’re seeing the numbers that we’re seeing with the epidemic in this country,” said Michelle Erdmann, team leader of wellness and performance for Bellin Health, adding that change “has to start at home, with strong, active families. That’s a huge piece of it.”
There’s no question that getting kids moving is an integral part of fighting the ongoing national battle against childhood obesity. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines call for an hour of daily activity for children and adolescents, but experts say many kids are falling woefully short of that goal.
Busy lives and TV and computer “screen time” are primary culprits as too many kids get too little exercise. School gym classes and other activities can help, but doctors and health officials say meaningful change needs to begin with parents.
Yahoo! Posts ObesitySolvers Response to Unhealthy Kids Meal Menus
Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Yahoo! posted our latest press release about a NYPost.com article that accused Friendly’s, a New Jersey restaurant, of contributing to childhood obesity by having high calorie meal options.
Bob Cutler, CEO of Creative Consumer Concepts (C3), suggests there should be more education for parents today. “This should not be a government issue, it should be self-regulated. Parents should have the right to choose what they want their child to eat.Â When parents are educated about meal choices, they would beÂ less likelyÂ to choose meals high in calories for their children,” said Cutler.
Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Says BMI Misdiagnoses Obesity
Friday, July 30th, 2010
Here is a Nanny State Liberation Front article about Tommy Thompson, former secretary of Health and Human Services, speaking out about new health care regulations demanding obesity ratings. Thompson fears that many Americans will be misdiagnosed and classified as obese by using BMI as the classification system.
Hereâs something you wonât hear from First Nanny Michelle Obamaâs cheerleaders in the State-Run Media:
The former secretary of Health and Human Services said that using body mass as an indicator of obesity is an old and flawed science.
âAnd what Iâm saying and what Iâm representing is a new type of science called body composition. And body composition takes into consideration your body fat, and body fat really is a determining factor as to whether or not youâre going to become obese, whether or not youâre going to have hyper tension, whether or not youâre going to have cardiovascular problems,â Thompson said.
Thompson said body fat is the indicator of a worsening physical condition of a person, not the body mass.
He said he fears that many Americans will be misdiagnosed and classified as obese.
The âCommentsâ section of the article needs to hear from you â the voice of reason and sanity â to let fellow Americans know they can either join the revolution against big government bureaucrats or fall victim to them.