March 4th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
The prevalence of diabetes—now at epidemic levels in the U.S.—shows a strong correlation to sugar intake, more so than whether or not a person is obese, according to new research published in the journal PLoS One.
Read More:Sorry, Sweet Tooth: Sugar Intake, Not Body Weight, Biggest Diabetes Risk
October 2nd, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A new study published in the journal Diabetologia points to a link between certain prescription antidepressants and an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Read More:Curing Depression Linked to Rise in Diabetes
September 14th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks passed the New York City Board of Health’s approval process yesterday, making it the first city in the nation to enact such a ban.
Read More:Bloomberg’s New York City Soda Ban Approved
June 1st, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has not been shy about his concern for the citizens of his city facing serious health risks due to obesity. The New York Times reported earlier this week that the mayor’s proposed soda ban would apply to large sodas, soft drinks and other sugary drinks sold at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts.
Read More:Hey New York, No Super Size for You! Bloomberg to Ban Large Soft Drinks
November 10th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Dr. Neal Barnard of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine was recently made fun of by for insisting that hot dogs are addictive. And recent research coming by way of universities and government facilities suggests there may actually be more truth to the claim than The Daily Show gave the PCRM credit for; and even adding to the list a number of processed and sugary foods and beverages that can cause addictive behaviors on par with alcohol, tobacco and other serious drugs like cocaine.
Read More:Are You Addicted… to Processed Food? New Research Says You Might Be
August 25th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Americans are exposed to anywhere from 10 to 20 different types of antibiotics during childhood, which can reduce our resistance to the medications and decrease our ability to fight off certain antibiotic-resistant infections. This overexposure may also lead to our concurrent rise in obesity, diabetes, allergies and asthma according to new research published in the journal Nature.
Read More:Rise in Antibiotic Use Linked to Diabetes and Obesity
June 27th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
A story appearing on the ABC news website on June 21 reveals that major U.S. snack companies are paying experts to “debunk” scientific research studies linking their products to negative health effects like the rising number of cases of childhood obesity and diabetes.
Read More:Scientists Paid to Promote Junk Food
January 6th, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
In a recently leaked EPA document, the pesticide, Clothianidin, was revealed to be extremely toxic to honeybees causing their drastic and potentially irreversible decline in recent years.
Read More:Toxin Kills Bees and Poisons Food
November 3rd, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban the use of food stamps for soda purchases is still under U.S. Department of Agriculture review.
Some critics, however, believe regulations are no substitute for education.
“In search for yet another ‘quick fix’ to obesity, legislators and politicians nationwide have been trying to regulate what we eat and drink, and this latest proposal is no different,” says Pat Baird, author of The Pyramid Cookbook: Pleasures of the Food Guide Pyramid (right). “As a registered dietitian who advises clients on a daily basis, I know that telling people they can’t have something does not teach them how to make healthier choices. Education is key to cracking obesity. People need information to help them make healthy lifestyle changes.”
Read More:Can Regulations Help Fight Obesity?