Archive for September, 2012

Some Obesity-related Health Messages Undercut Public Health Campaigns

September 26, 2012 — September 26, 2012 — More than 78 million American adults are considered to have obesity, and public health organizations and other groups have launched campaigns to motivate people to lead healthier lifestyles and shed weight. A recent study in the International Journal of Obesity examined public perceptions of obesity-related public health media campaigns, especially in […]

Three New Studies Add to Link of Sugary Drinks to Obesity

September 25, 2012 — September 25, 2012 — Three studies examining the role of sugary beverages in obesity were reported in the September 21st New England Journal of Medicine. The association between sugar-sweetened beverages and body weight was examined in children in one study, in adolescents in another, and in a large adult population in the third study. Each […]

Ted Kyle Honored with the Atkinson-Stern Award from The Obesity Society

September 23, 2012 — September 23, 2012 — In recognition of his outstanding public service in the field of obesity, healthcare advocate Ted Kyle was honored with the Atkinson-Stern Award by The Obesity Society this evening. The award was presented on the opening night of the TOS annual scientific meeting, held this year in San Antonio. Kyle was singled […]

Expert Panel Discusses Obesity Coverage

September 22, 2012 — September 21, 2012–Before a room of attentive healthcare providers, a panel of obesity coverage experts including Ted Kyle, RPh, Steve Cook, MD, MPH, Louis Aronne, MD, and Anne Wolf, MS, RD, discussed ways to navigate the complex and changing world of how to get paid for obesity counseling and treatment.

Advocates “Fan the Flames” of Progress at Obesity Society Forum

September 21, 2012 — Citing programs such as breast feeding education, salads to schools, menu labeling and procurement, and the new obesity management certification for physicians, a panel of experts at the Obesity Society’s Advocacy Forum today in San Antonio agreed scientists are making progress both in the use of evidence to drive obesity policy and in tackling obesity […]

The Economics of Michael Bloomberg’s Large-Soda Ban

September 20, 2012 — September 13, 2012 — In a decision that cheered public health advocates concerned about the obesity epidemic and angered others, the New York City Board of Health passed a rule banning super-sized, sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries today. Liberals and conservatives, Republicans and Democrats, and industry groups like the American Beverage […]

McDonald’s to List Calories on Menu

September 13, 2012 — September 13, 2012 — In advance of required changes, McDonald’s announced today they will start displaying calories on their restaurant menus. The Affordable Care Act, upheld by the Supreme Court this summer, requires all restaurants with more than 20 locations to display the calories of menu items, though the precise requirements and timing of the […]

Insight into the Tricky Business of Restaurant Menu Labeling

September 3, 2012 — September 3, 2012 — Chain restaurants will soon have to reveal calorie information on menus, but results are mixed in research on the influence of calorie labels on food choices. An August study in the journal Appetite studied several menu label arrangements for their effect on consumer’s choice of lower calorie menu items. The study […]

New Study Shows Strategies that Work for Lasting Healthy Weight

September 1, 2012 — August 31, 2012 — A study published in the September issue of Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests that, contrary to what one might expect, women who lose weight and maintain it for years can learn to enjoy food and eat out without gaining weight. The study followed 481 women after menopause […]