March 24th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
A recent report released by Harvard health researchers have connected the consumption of sugary soft drinks and sodas with as many as 180,000 deaths each year around the world, with 25,000 of those deaths occurring in America, making it the third highest country on the list.
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March 12th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
A New York State Supreme Court judge invalidated New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent controversial ban on sodas and sweetened soft drinks yesterday.
Read More:Bloomberg’s Soda Ban Fizzles, Judge Rules in Favor of More Big Gulps
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
January 29th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
After an online petition received more than 200,000 complaints over PepsiCo Inc’s use of brominated vegetable oil in its Gatorade product line, the company has announced it will remove the controversial ingredient from the sports drink products.
Read More:Pepsi to Remove Brominated Vegetable Oil from Gatorade
November 15th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Pepsi Special made its debut in Japan earlier this week. What makes the soft drink so special? It’s being promoted as a “fat-blocking” soda.
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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
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?
November 1st, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
High-calorie beverages that have been disallowed by federal guidelines are still available in most U.S. elementary schools, according to a study that will appear in an upcoming issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago conducted a nationally representative survey to examine the availability of high-calorie and sugar-sweetened beverages for sale in elementary schools during lunchtime, in vending machines and snack bars, and in school stores. They also examined the types of milk available in school cafeterias: low-fat, whole-fat and flavored milks (right).
While 16.1% of students could purchase only those beverages recommended by Institute of Medicine guidelines during the 2008–2009 school year, 44.7% could purchase beverages that the guidelines frown upon. This pattern applied to both public and private school.
Read More:High-Calorie Beverages Still Widely Available in U.S. Elementary Schools
October 13th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
As I reported Friday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (right) wants to prevent food-stamp recipients in the Big Apple from using them to buy soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages.
New York Times reporter Anemona Hartocollis has since put Bloomberg in an awkward position by revealing that his company, Bloomberg, L.P., offers free Coke, Pepsi, Fanta orange soda, ginger ale and Mountain Dew to its employees.
Critics are debating whether Bloomberg’s food-stamp proposal makes him a hypocrite or hero. In the meantime, New York City obesity stats remain alarming:
Read More:NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg: Hero or Hypocrite?
October 8th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
As the New York Times reported on Wednesday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to bar residents who receive food stamps from using them to purchase soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages.
His goal: to help combat the obesity epidemic—a move supported by the state and city health commissioners.
Read More:NYC Mayor Seeks to Ban Use of Food Stamps for Soda Purchases